Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.”
This afternoon in front of an auditorium of at least two hundred people, a preacher, whom I know very well, who had no notes, explained this verse with the following: “God has the battle all in His hands. He will not give up on you. You can always rely on God because He is your strength, and He will never let go of you.”
How do I know this preacher? I gave birth to him, and he is eight years old. He cannot possibly understand the full implication of these words. And neither can I, but I know that sometimes we must choose to cling to the truth of God’s promises — that He is Sovereign, that He is Faithful, that He will never let us go. Today I visited the cancer ward at the hospital. I was there to see a friend, but ended up seeing two friends. Both of these women are healthy and beautiful and strong and full of faith, but both of them have husbands undergoing treatment for cancer. Aggressive treatment to battle aggressive disease.
I left the hospital, had lunch with my husband, grabbed Sammy from preschool and went to the the big boys’ school. There I sat with a squirrelly Sammy, who made everyone fully aware of his desire to be elsewhere and heard these words pour out of Nate.
“God has the battle all in His hands. He will not give up on you. You can always rely on God because He is your strength, and He will never let go of you.”
I hope you know this in the depths of your soul, and I hope that when (mind you, it’s not if) you experience heartaches and trials that do not make a lick of sense from an earthly perspective, that you’ll choose to trust these words anyway.
Praying heavy-hearted prayers for these very dear families, will you join me?