“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.” Nahum 1:7 (ESV)
The above verse from Nahum hits home for me. It took me a long time in my life to learn its true meaning and be able to accept and trust in it.
As a young man I wasn't necessarily bad, although I was extremely stubborn. I thought I knew everything, and was in full control – which is just where Satan wanted me. I didn’t understand my unhappiness and loneliness. Though I had good friends and family, everyday Satan was nearby doing push ups & ready to give me my daily beating. I could not mount a defense because I had zero protection.
After coming to realize I am powerless over most aspects in my life, I learned how to ask God to steer for me, because I cannot do it on my own. He is ready to take these burdens and unhappiness/loneliness from me, while fortifying me and giving me the protection tools I need. Most importantly, He gives me peace in my inner heart.
Now when trouble hits, I sit on my hands and turn it over to God. If I do not, I re-open the door for Satan, daily beatings, and unhappiness.
Even when trouble is not apparent, I draw closer to God, my refuge, because I do not want to be someone that only prays for His help during times of trouble. The Lord craves a personal relationship with me, and I need to plug any gaps in my strongholds before another battle begins.
Daily Battle Order:
When was the last time you did a self-inventory on the strength of your stronghold? How strong was your stronghold WHEN trouble hit? We are all in a Battle, and you are created for Victory.
To learn more about how you are created for Victory, come join TJC on the Battlefield at Gettysburg this October at: https://www.joshuacommission.org/event-details/gettysburg-battlefield-operation-2023.