Don’t Repeat Defeat
Don’t Repeat Defeat
Is it possible NOT to repeat defeat? Absolutely. Do you feel frustrated, defeated and like you want to give up? You haven’t made it even a month or two to achieve what you’ve set out to do. If you’ve accepted your responsibility and confessed sin, then the next and best thing to do is look up. Psalm 121:1, 2 says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”
Coffee mug in hand and Bible in my lap, I hadn’t slept much, praying seemed to exhaust me even more, it felt like a futile effort. I was stuck in a questioning cul-de-sac; praying circles around family issues that hadn’t been resolved and even now seemed to be getting worse. Suddenly, the brilliant sunrise interrupted my pathetic prayers, announcing its entrance with warm hues of vivid orange, hot pink and intense red peeking through the grey clouds of dawn.
Watching the sun’s arrival, I was overwhelmed with praise by the ‘enormous combination of joy and humility and awe.’ The daily sunrise retold the truth: God is still on His throne. The shadows of my unanswered prayers didn’t matter anymore; I regained focus and regrouped my faith in God’s resources. Remembering God’s faithful provision, reminded me of God’s promises, and how He always keeps His word. Through experiencing this timely sunrise, God’s presence broke through yesterday’s disappointments, frustrations and unfinished prayer and to-do lists. God assured me He was at work. “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
My sunrise experience was an encounter with God as He reached out to care for my soul. God desires for our soul to be whole and healthy. Only through God can it be redeemed. This is what matters more than the outcome of any circumstance. But we must ask this question: “God, what are you trying to do in me while I am waiting for you to do something for me?” We must not neglect caring for the well-being of our soul. Isaiah 30:16 says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength but you would have none of it.”
Dallas Willard said, “Hurry is the great enemy of our souls in our day. Being busy is mostly a condition of our outer world; it is having many things to do. Being hurried is a problem of the soul. It’s being so preoccupied with me and what myself has to do that I am no longer able to be fully present with God. There is no way a soul can survive when it is hurried.”
When we take our eyes off our circumstances, and look up for God’s help, it’s like cancelling our own ‘pity party.’ This can only happen when basking in God’s love. It really helps to recite aloud His affirmations. This powerful exercise overrides our negative feelings. God instructs us to do battle His way, as we keep our minds filled with His Word. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Let’s pray, “Father, thank you for your love, your presence and the mind of Christ. Let our thoughts be your thoughts as we keep looking up to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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