As Christians, we don’t like to admit that we sometimes feel uncertain about our future. The shifting nature of our lives leaves us feeling vulnerable. Maybe we have anxiety about our financial situation or concerns for the health of a loved one. Maybe we are experiencing a season where the answers to our prayers seem to be delayed, where the battle has been long, hard, relentless.
But when we find ourselves in difficult situations, in the middle of life’s toughest battles, do we allow God’s peace and rest to fill our souls? This can be a challenging thing to do.
The Bible offers encouragement to us through the lives of men and women who faced obstacles, but approached these challenges with hope and faith. King David is an example of one who found peace in the midst of his battles. David had a high calling on his life, but he faced opposition to his destiny at every turn.
We can learn much by observing the remarkable journey of a young King David. From the time that he was anointed king, by the prophet Samuel (around age 15), until he actually began to reign as king (at age 30), David faced many perils. It was during these fifteen years that David’s enemies pursued him. The future king hid out in caves in the wilderness. He experienced the doubts of whom to trust and of how to move forward. In this time of darkness, David penned Psalm 121. “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?”
David made the decision to lift his eyes away from his circumstances unto something greater. He sought help from the One whom He knew to be greater than the natural world.
David, who lifted His eyes, knew how to draw close to the Lord and to gain God’s perspective in all of the battles that he faced. Even though there were many times when victory was a long-shot, David moved forward with courage, strengthening Himself in the Lord. King David’s life was filled with impossible circumstances, giving way to the possible.
During my deepest times of struggle, I sense the Lord drawing me unto Himself. He encourages me to lift, lift, lift! In obedience, I lift my eyes to Him. I lift my face to him, as a child would lift his face unto a parent. I lift my heart to Him and know that He desires to take away my anxieties and fill me with His peace.
In order for us to obtain victory in the challenges our own lives, we must lift our vision. Above the natural realm, above what we see and understand, there is the power of a supernatural kingdom that is available to us. This kingdom and its King supersede our natural world. As we lift our eyes, God can reveal His will to us, His thoughts being above our own; His perspective being complete and perfect, in contrast to the limits of our understanding.
I know that you are praying and petitioning God for your family and friends and for other situations in your life. Maybe some of the circumstances in which you find yourself are challenging; some may even seem impossible. In each of the areas where you are fighting a battle of faith, it is God’s will for you to find the steady path of revelation, wisdom and peace. These revelations of light will give direction to your prayers and steadfastness to your confession.
Here are a few scriptures to encourage you:
Psalm 16: “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.”
Psalm 45: “God is in the midst of us; we will not be moved. God will help us when the morning dawns.”
When we understand that our faith has overcome this world, then we can face our battles with an unshakable confidence knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us. As we, like David, lift our eyes to heaven, He is sending us help. Our impossible situations are becoming possible victories!
Psalm 121: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
“Look up, my child, your redemption is drawing near. Your victory is on its way. Hold fast to My words of comfort and encouragement. Soon you will see a great advance. As you run to the battles, as you face them head on, I, as I did for David will add supernatural power to your weapons of warfare. Take these weapons in your hand—take the Word of God as your sword and faith as your shield. Know that I am backing you up. I will never leave you, as I have promised. I am not a man that I should lie. With Me there is no shadow of change. As I was with David, so I am with you now, only in greater measures says the Lord.
Take the five smooth stones and hurl them at your enemy. See that he will be routed and great victories shall be won. Though you face the enemy on several sides, your enemy shall be slain. You will gain promotion and blessing and all will marvel at the triumph and the goodness of the Lord. I the Lord hasten this in its time.”