"No weapon formed against you will prosper." - Isaiah 54:1
When I was in elementary school I would wait at the bus stop for the bus. I rarely had problems with bullies, but this particular year was an exception. Things started out with verbal threats, taunting, and constant harassment. It finally reached the point that I had to do something. Little did my bullies know that I had an older brother…a big, strong, fearless brother who was a football player, wrestler, and happened to love his little brother very much. All it took was telling Dave what was going down at the bus stop, and as you might have guessed, Dave accompanied me to my bus stop the next morning. I’m not sure there was ever as quiet a bus stop gathering as there was that morning. No one spoke…for minutes. Silence filled the air that crisp, cool Oregon fall morning. As the bus began its approach, Dave spoke up and shared a simple warning to the whole of the group, announcing that if he heard of any further harassment of his little brother, the next time they saw him they’d better run, and run fast and hard. Everyone there got the message, and for the rest of the year I never experienced another problem.
I share this story with you because we need to know and believe that just as my brother had my back, God has our back. He spoke through His prophet Isaiah, no weapon formed against us will prosper. Does this mean we’ll never face hardship? No. Does this mean that no weapons will ever be formed against us? No. What it does mean is that the weapon formed against us will not prosper; it will not succeed, last, or fulfill its intended end.
Many of us walk in fear, apprehension, and uneasiness. In many ways we fail to walk in the confidence and boldness we ought to in this life. This is not to say that we should walk in arrogance, picking fights with the Enemy, but rather to walk in full assurance and faith that God has our back – that He will fulfill through us, by the power and strength of His Spirit, all that He has called us to for His Kingdom purposes. I love the saying, where God guides, He provides. It reminds me that He is steering the ship, that He’s in control, and what ever we will need on this journey, He will provide it. This includes His protection, for God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble (Ps 46:1 NLT).
Question of the Day:
Am I walking with full assurance that God has my back?