There isn't anything the enemy loves better than to keep us worried and anxious about something. Anything. He doesn't want us to trust God-he wants us to be skeptics, doubters and lose confidence in our Savior when events go all wrong.
I try aways, to remember what I read once, about an important "wartime" strategy…
"Make the enemy think he will will never be able to overcome and to win--Destroy his confidence in that EVER happening…half the battle is then won...before it even starts!"
This, "on the ground" battle truism, works for our struggles on the spiritual battleground, also…
The enemy we find isn't stupid-his intelligence far surpasses our own…and he's crafty. Waits for "an opportune time." Masquerades as someone we felt we could trust…If he can throw us off balance, he can topple us all the easier.
How fortunate my children (our children) are... to be where there is no more warfare. Where peace reigns and is undisturbed, within and without. Where no one can snatch away their joy. As it says in Scripture:
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. (Micah 4:4) (NIV)
And that, for all eternity!
Our job on this planet, along with whatever God-given talents we are gifted and use…is to "endure". I find it gets harder, as I age, to do this work of enduring. I so long to enjoy my reward…already! It's so hard to be patient, when I know the Candy Store is just around the corner... and how I so long for sweet confections! Constantly!
If we're still on this planet, there's still work to be done by us. No matter what state or shape we're in. God makes use of us, in any way, shape or form- because He wastes nothing. And His creativity knows no limits.
I'm constantly amazed at how creative He is, in coordinating aspects of my life that, hitherto, I've seen no rhyme or reason. The dots get connected, when I'm able to see in straight lines…
I'm here for the duration, for however long that is. Only, please Jesus, help me to be able to live up to the expectation(s) that You have of me, Wonderful Counselor and Divine Physician.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) (World English Bible)
With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. (Psalm 60:12) (NIV)