Blessed be the LORD my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle —
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are everything we need. You are our Strength when we are weak. No matter what, even when we have come to our weakest point, You remain strong. Guide us, O LORD, we pray, in Your steadfast Love. Enable us to seek Your Presence every day. Help us to study Your Word and to do Your Will. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
It’s not a matter of if there will be trials; it’s a matter of when we will have to face them. God’s Word says that, sooner or later, they will come. (James 1:2; 1 Peter 1:6)
What lies ahead of you? A prodigal son who just ran away from home, a husband who became addicted and/or abusive, a sudden redundancy, the worry over an unstable pregnancy, an upcoming appointment at the doctor’s office, the shock over your seventeen year old daughter telling you she is pregnant, a serious talk with a family member, or seeking counsel about the future of your marriage — Do you know how to prepare for the battle?
You are right, it’s not possible to know all the hardships ahead of time. So how are we supposed to prepare ourselves for them?
We read and study and trust God’s Word. Then, when battles come our way, we know what the Word says, that His Word is pure, and that He is the Shield to the ones who trust in Him (Proverbs 30:5). One of the greatest passages that will give us hope and comfort in trials is Isaiah 40:28-31 where it says:
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Have faith in Him! Wait on the LORD and renew your strength.