Wednesday in the Word

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Pet. 5:8 NIV

Some days, I feel like all the enemy’s flaming arrows are aimed at our family, and I question whether my shield of faith can withstand his attacks (Eph. 6:16). Discouragement creeps in and I wonder, “What’s the point? Is it worth all the pain and struggle?” Then I look at my children. They are depending on their father and me to be their examples, guiding them through these storms. Yes. It absolutely is worth the struggle.

When I think that I can’t possibly handle one more fight, sickness, spiritual attack, more stress… I remember Jesus. Giving of Himself. Day. After. Day. Healing. Teaching. Giving. Loving. Fasting. Tempted. Always Tempted. But Never Sinning.

Betrayed. Still Loving. Arrested. Still Loving. Deserted. Still Loving. Maybe he thought of us, depending on his example… Tried. Beaten. Crucified. RESURRECTED! Forgiving. And Still. Loving.

Jesus has endured everything we have and worse. And He offers us comfort and shelter in the midst of our battles.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalms 34:8 NIV

“Sometimes He calms the storm

With a whispered peace be still

He can settle any sea

But it doesn’t mean He will…

Sometimes He calms the storm

And other times He calms His child”

~from Sometimes He Calms the Storm by Scott Knippayne