Today, I am grateful for the three God-given attributes highlighted in this passage of Scripture: Patience, strength, and courage. My reading of the verse is that if I wait on God (thereby cultivating something I struggle with profoundly – patience), then He promises to provide the strength and courage that I need to hold on while I wait.
I’ve learned to be careful about praying for these attributes, however; my experience has been that if I pray for patience, that He’ll allow some trial to enter my life that will severely test it; if I ask for strength, I’ll find myself smack-dab in the middle of a situation where I feel weak and powerless; and if I seek courage, I may find myself in challenging circumstances – as I do now – where I am a little scared of what news awaits me just around the corner. Of course, trials will come to all of us whether we intentionally pray for these things or not, but I am still careful nonetheless.
Instead, of asking
- for Patience, I ask God for His peace. If the peace comes, then I find that the waiting is easier, but if I lack peace (which happens more often than I’d like to admit), then I feel fretful and anxious.
- God to give me more of my own strength, I ask Him to give me His strength so that I can persevere in the midst of difficulty. Otherwise, I know that I am not going to make it!
- for courage, I request that the Lord – Jehovah Nisse (the Lord is my Banner) go before me in my battles. After all, as it says in Psalm 60:12 (NLT), With God’s help we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our foes.
So here is my prayer for today: Dear Jesus. thank You for being Jehovah Nisse – the Lord is My Banner. Thank You for going before me in battles, and for giving me the patience, strength, and courage that I need to persevere during the challenging times in my life. Thanks also for Your peace – that which surpasses all human understanding, according to the Bible – and for Your promise that it is always available to me at any time, if only I will ask for it. Finally, thanks for this important reminder:
Your Patience + Your Strength + Your Courage = My Hope (in You)
Math hasn’t always been my favorite subject, but this is an equation that I can remember and treasure in my heart. Thank You for loving me and for always promising that we’ll confront the challenges of life together. I am never alone or unsupported! In Your powerful name I pray, Amen.