I was at my desk following my morning routine the other day. The screen reader installed in my computer read Psalm 34 to me. (This is because I'm blind and use a screen reader to operate my computer). So, there I was, delighting in God's Word while I munched on my morning apple.
I noticed the apple was softer
than its usual juicy, crispy texture. But focused on what I was
listening to, I didn't stop to analyze it.
Moments later my Mom
walked in. She grabbed my hand. "Honey, honey. Don't eat that."
halted my chewing and gave her a look of shock. What could have rattled
her so much?
Then my stomach churned a bit when my mom pointed
out that I was eating a rotten, really rotten apple. Maybe there was a
worm wiggling there. But she didn't say.
But wait a minute! Don't
for a moment feel sorry for this blind chica. You might have done the
very same thing.
Life is good...or is it?
There you are,
following your own daily routine in life, carrying God's promises in
your heart. And in your mind, you have engraved His instructions. Life
But then the nightly news comes on. The world looks
black. Life brings on a glitch. Relationships fall apart. And the view
of our own world brings gloom. Without realizing it, we take bites of
stress. We grind our teeth into rotten reminders of past failures. And
mix them up with today's pain. Before we know it, we munch on that bad
mush of worry and fear.
No wonder we're taking Maalox to soothe
the emotional indigestion that burns during sleepless nights.
Been there? God knows we all have. So, we need to change. God's plan is
for us to live in triumph. Yes, rotten spots come up, but we can still
be victorious. Yes, disappointment visits, but we don't have to let in.
And yes, heartache barges into our life, but we don't need to embrace
What the victorious person looks like.
And to make it
easier for us, the description of the person who achieved all this is
found in Psalm 112:6-8:
1. Nothing shakes him. No matter what bad
news or rotten circumstances pop up, he lives calm, confident and secure
because, "Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be
remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news..." (vs. 6,7a)
2. No fear defeats him. When the world fears, He increases his
faith. When the world panics, he stands firm. When circumstances become
darker, he looks to God's light: "His heart is steadfast, trusting
in the LORD. His heart is secure; he will have no fear..." (vs.
3. Nothing keeps him down. When evil approaches, he
declares victory. When attacks pour in, he knows the battle is won. And
when his foes gain ground, he gains trust. "...in the end he will
look in triumph on his foes." (vs. 8b)
That's what living in
triumph means--embracing the promise that God defeated our foes.
Welcoming a new beginning. Believing in a greater promise. And
anticipating a new tomorrow.
Let's pray: Father, I admit I've
chewed on rotten episodes in life, but I thank you for your path to
triumph. Thank you for the wisdom to know that in You, I cannot be
shaken. In You, I have no fear. In you, my foes are defeated. And in
you, my life is secure. In Jesus' name, amen.
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