“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
If both Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Union Gen. George G. Meade had their way, one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War which defined American Democracy would have never happened. However, by chance, a Union regiment on patrol spotted some Confederate troops that marched into Gettysburg looking for resupply and opened fire. This chance encounter led to three bloody days of battle where both Confederate and Union armies pummeled each other with cannon fire, muskets, and hand-to-hand combat.
Imagine being on the front lines, trying to breathe through the thick smoke, maintaining vision with eyes burning from the haze, and hearing the screams of wounded soldiers. It would be easy to question God’s presence and plan in those circumstances.
Similarly, how many times do we go through “battles” in life which we weren’t planning for? We’re blindsided by a death of a family member, the loss of a job, sudden illness, an unexpected divorce. We feel lost in a haze and commonly question the presence and power of God.
Yet, God does see and work in these “chance encounters.” While it would be easy to retreat in these circumstances, it is important that we trust that God is boldly going before and upholding us in battle. We have to continue to fight with courage, trust his leadership, have mental toughness to see through that fog of war, and the fortitude to remember that “The Lord goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deut 31:8).”
Today’s Training: When you face a chance encounter, ask God “What can I learn from this?” and “How can I grow?” Equip yourself with truth/verses to overcome the haze with courage, trust, and fortitude.
Prayer: Dear God, we pray for strength and courage when we face both small and large battles. Give us perseverance as we trust in knowing you are working. May we wait courageously in times of difficulty, trusting that you go before us and equip us with what we need through your Holy Spirit. Amen.