Today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17, Romans 2:1-24, Psalm 10:16-18, Proverbs 19:8-9 . (Click here to read online.)
I have to admit that some days leave me feeling like I’m fighting this battle on my own – alone with no help. I know this isn’t truth. But, honestly, I have to admit that sometimes it feels that way. There are days when nothing goes my way. There are days when it seems that I can’t please anyone. There are days when I just can’t wait to go to sleep so that the sun will rise on a fresh day.
A new day brings fresh perspective as I open my Bible and read His Words on the pages before me. Today’s reading touched my heart. It calmed me and encouraged me. It made me stop and think and consider my life and my God. In fact, I read today’s reading twice.
Romans 2:4 (NLT)
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
As I read this verse, I can almost hear someone who loves me so much speaking these words to me. They remind me of the words, and thoughts, and prayers I have for those that I love who have gone astray. This verse literally pierces my heart today. It stuns me and wakes me up. It prompts me to go back and read the passage from 1 Chronicles again. As I do, this time I begin to journal the things I read notice about God in this passage. Things like:
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies… I have been with you wherever you have gone… I have destroyed all your enemies… I will provide… planting them in a secure place… the Lord will build… I will raise up… I will make … I will be… I will confirm… So the Lord made David victories wherever he went…
The Lord went before David. The Lord stood beside David. And, the Lord was behind David. David wasn’t born on the throne. He went through much to get there. And, the Lord was BY him through it all. And, He is BY me, too.
He is leader of the Heaven’s Armies (and I am on their side)… He has been with me in every moment… He will provide all that I need… He will plant me where He wants me to grow… He will build His ways into my life when I walk with Him… He will give me victories when I choose to trust Him and seek Him and obey Him.
What a sweet reminder all of this is to my heart today. I am not in this battle alone.
As long, as I am walking with the Lord,
- He goes before me,
- He stands beside me
- and He is behind me.
When nothing goes my way, God is beside me encouraging me. When others let me down, God is behind me holding me up. When I mess up, God is before me waiting to forgive me. Am I alone in the battle? No, I am surrounded by the King of Kings. God is BY me.
My prayer for us today:
Help us to remember every day that you are BY us. You stand before us. You stand beside us. And, You are behind us. Thank You, God, for Your patience when I am stubborn. Fill us with Your peace when we are weary. Remind us that You literally have Angel Armies fighting on our behalf.
In Your POWERFUL Name, AMEN!
This song is one of my ALL TIME favorites. It has encouraged my heart so much.