I enjoy playing chess. Since I am just an average player, sometimes I find myself pitted against an opponent far better than I am. In situations where I know that the odds are very much against me, I could hold back, try to play defensively, or just avoid the challenge, but I don’t.
Facing chronic affliction we must take on a mindset that enables us to keep fighting even when we are weak and without strength. Our strength comes from the Lord, and He can enable us to fight when our strength is gone.
I hold nothing back when faced against an opponent greater than myself. I take chances, look for any opportunity, make sacrifices, and sometimes beat my better opponent to a draw, playing far greater than my abilities.
With affliction we are not left to our own strength and strategies. Our best efforts may fail, and our great plans fall short.
Yet I believe that God takes pleasure in seeing a fighting spirit in His children. We all love the David and Goliath story from scripture. David was outmatched in size, strength, ability, and no reasonable person could have looked at that scenario and expected David to win.
But David wouldn’t give up the fight, and neither must we. David won, and so can we. You are not in this battle of affliction alone. God stands with you. No matter how hopeless the situation looks, keep fighting, keep hitting back, get up just one more time.
It might be that one more time that wins the battle of affliction.
Prayer: Dear Lord, life can feel like a constant battle. We face a variety of challenges. Help us to keep fighting in Your strength and power. Amen.
About the Author: Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He depends upon the Lord to help him in his battles with affliction.
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Do your afflictions sometimes make you feel you are in a hopeless battle? Have you called upon the Lord to give you strength in your battles?