Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Standing On The Word

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. Ephesians 6:13

Peter needed an MRI. Early in the summer he’d had a metabolic crash with status seizures, the first display of decline from his mitochondrial disease. He had slowly recovered except for what looked to be some partial vision impairment. The MRI would show us lasting affects and thus what to expect.

His metabolic disease prevented fasting so he had the first time slot. He needed an IV for caloric support while unable to eat. Already tired from the early hour, the thought of the IV made him extra anxious. Unexplained delays had me a mess. Would he have another metabolic crash? Mitochondrial disease caused complications with anesthesia. Would he handle that OK? We weren’t with him for the hour it took for the test. What if something went wrong? What were the results going to show? Fears arose from the potential of something going wrong before, during and after.

In my turmoil, I pulled the card out of my purse, thankful I had written it down. The night before I’d struggled with the burden of what lied ahead and turned to my Bible for help. I stumbled on Isaiah 40:10. The NIV stated “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young.” This promise kept me going that August day. I accepted this scripture as a promise that God would be with Peter. God himself carried Peter, the lamb in the verse, snuggled safely, close to his heart. The Message paraphrased the last phrase as “leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.” That was me, the mother ewe. God promised to lead me to the right resources, the proper provision for my son. I reread the verse, praying for God’s peace. I trusted He would be faithful to his promise. I chose to believe His Word instead of my fears.

I am thankful God gives us the weapon of His Word to battle the fears we face. Ephesians 6 describes the armor God provides, calling our one weapon, “the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.” Knowing God’s word doesn’t mean the battle won’t be hard, but it does mean we can go into it prepared. Whatever battle you are facing, turn to His Word for direction and comfort. Read it yourself. Ask God to help you understand. As you find who God is and what He does revealed in scripture, you will be equipped to stand strong and win.

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