“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm ...” Ephesians 6:13-14 (NIV)
Recently, my family and I were at the water park, celebrating my husband’s birthday. After much lamenting, I found myself going down a water slide at an alarmingly fast rate. This situation would not be so bad except … I don't know how to swim.
As I exited the slide, I expected my body to slip safely into a puddle. Instead, I found myself fully submerged underwater. I panicked. I flailed my arms and legs frantically.
I thought, This is it. This is how it’s going to end!
Through the sound of the water, I heard the whistle of the lifeguard. Then I saw an arm reach down and heroically pull me up to safety. Breathing heavily, I thanked the lifeguard, who was looking at me very strangely.
When I inquired about his puzzled look, he replied, “All you had to do was stand.”
He then pointed to the inscription on the side of the pool that read “3 feet.” I was drowning in 3 feet of water!
Isn’t that how life is sometimes? We feel overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do lists, the children who are rebelling, the spouse who doesn’t understand us, the relationships that suddenly go awry or the house that never seems to stay clean. We feel like we cannot cope. We may not even be able to explain it. We just feel overwhelmed. We feel like we’re drowning.
I’m not sure what is currently happening in your life, what overwhelming situations you may be facing, but what I do know is we will all face challenges and heartaches we didn’t expect. In the midst of it all, we have a God who, just like that lifeguard, is ready to rescue us.
I can see Him looking at me, saying, “I’ve given you everything you need. Just stand.” Ephesians 6:13-14 declares, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm …” My heart is encouraged as I remember these truths:
- No matter how unqualified I feel for the tasks set before me, with God I am well-equipped.
- No matter how fast I seem to be sliding down the slippery slope of this thing called life, with God I am not in despair.
- No matter how overwhelming the situations of life feel, with God I am not drowning.
Friend, God has given us everything we need to stand victorious against the enemy’s schemes. All we have to do is stand. Stand on His Word. Stand on His promise that declares we are “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NIV). Stand on the command of Jesus to “take heart” because He has “overcome the world” (John 16:33, NIV). Stand on the truth that He will “fight for you against your enemies to give you victory” (Deuteronomy 20:4, NIV).
Let’s declare it with our mouths and believe it in our hearts. After you’ve done all you can, just stand!
Lord, even though I get easily overwhelmed by the things of this life, I thank You that You are always there, that You never leave nor forsake me. I pray that I will be reminded continuously that through the power of Your Word, I am well-equipped for this journey You have prepared for me. No matter what comes my way, may I stand on Your promises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Romans 8:37, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (NIV)
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)
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