Monthly Devotional 8/2/17: You Win

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“Truly my soul waiteth – is silent – upon God: from Him cometh my salvation. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” (Psalm 62: 1 & 5)

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Have you ever played chess?  Or maybe even checkers? Well, even if you haven’t, you’ve, no doubt seen others playing — even if only in a movie or television show. You know that the players — if they are serious about winning — make it a point to focus closely on the board. They are not only watching to see what their opponent’s going to do next, but they are thinking and laying out their own strategy. And most of the time, they are quiet. A lot of conversation or noise disrupts their concentration and can make a difference in their success.

Our scripture this month tells us that there are times when we need to be quiet and focus on God and what He has in mind for us. We sometimes find ourselves in the midst of an attack or a battle, and we knew that we don’t have the solution in ourselves — or in the world and its systems. And the truth is that we are rapidly coming into a time on this earth when the world has become so controlled by evil and demonic forces that all of the systems of the natural world offer us as much danger and possible harm as they do solutions of any kind.

But that’s okay, because we have a God who knows our every situation in detail — and who already had a plan to deliver us long before we got into the trouble. When we find ourselves overwhelmed by these situations, the Word tell us that we can always — always expect God to move on our behalf.  All we need to do is get into His Word, find out what He says about the problem, and focus our eyes and our hearts on Him expectantly, waiting in quietness and peace for Him to act. We wait silently — meaning we are not fuming, fretting, struggling, whining, complaining, or talking to scores of other people trying to figure out what to do. We wait quietly because “our expectation if from Him.”

So whatever problem you’re facing right now, find the promise relating to it in God’s Word and apply it to that problem. We do that by praying and confessing that Word with our own mouths. Then stand your ground, keeping your focus on God alone. Do not give up, no matter how long it’s taking, or how bad it looks, because when we’re in trouble, our God always has one more move to make. And when He makes His move, YOU WIN!

 

 

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