Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Isaiah 54:17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
I heard a song on the radio this morning that really spoke to me. Natalie Grant sang, “My Weapon.” The chorus repeats the words “Your presence is my greatest weapon pushing back the darkness breaking every chain. My worship opens up the heavens crushing every stronghold when I speak Your name ’cause Your presence is my weapon.” I had a different devotional on my mind when I went to bed last night, but after reading a devotional this morning, and then hearing this song, my thoughts changed. It’s funny how God works. I always pray for God to give me a word to write about to encourage others and myself for our daily walk, but sometimes I get impatient and try to figure out what “I” want to write about without waiting on God.
I’ve been in a little funk lately. Nothing serious. Just looking around me at the current state we are in and wishing things would change. The COVID pandemic has changed everything, and I just don’t like this kind of change. This school year looks totally different with a vast mixture of virtual learning and on site classes. Churches are learning new ways to share the Word of God. Politics, well, I’m not even going to discuss how politics have affected my mood. Even my work place has changed. I’ve been a nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. I love my job. I love that God blessed me with the talent and ability to care for others. I love interacting with my patients and getting to know them. I love that I can hold the hand of someone who is going through a difficult time. I love to give and receive hugs. But that’s all changed for now. Now I spend my day in disposable scrub jackets, masks, and goggles or face shields all day, and add a full length plastic gown, 2 pairs of gloves, and an N95 mask when seeing those that are sick. Even though we are still in close proximity, it feels like the patient provider closeness that was once there is missing,. This saddens me.
So for a few days, I’ve been dwelling on this “stuff” which I have no control over and that I can’t change. I started getting a little bit disheartened, but then God, oh but God! He opened my eyes today. A friend shared a devotional that said we should not waste time and energy wishing for different circumstances, but instead we should trust God to yield His design and purpose. I even read the devotional out loud to Jeff, and said, “This is just what I needed to hear.” And I guess God said, “In case you didn’t get the message in what you read, listen to this song child,” and Natalie Grant proceeded to sing the song “My Weapon”. “Let every lie be silenced and all depression cease. Let every dark assignment bow down at Jesus’ feet….Your presence is my greatest weapon.”
Y’all, God’s got this! Spending hours dwelling on the current life situations is not going to help. Worrying and fretting and wishing the circumstances would change will not make them change. But God! Oh but God! He can change the circumstances, and if He doesn’t change the circumstances, maybe He’s using those circumstances to change us, grow us, and bring us closer to our walk with Him. The Word of God is active and alive. Our God is active and alive. He resides within each and everyone of His children. We have the power of Almighty God within each of us.
The circumstances don’t have to change. We only need to change our attitudes regarding the circumstances. Christ is our weapon. His presence is our greatest weapon. We just need to speak His name. Call out to Him. Are you armed with the greatest weapon ever?