Slightly Obsessed #033 "Dread Champion" (Wednesday Devo) by Pamela Thorson on 2013-05-08 15:16:48
The Lord is with me like a dread champion.
- Jeremiah 20:11
The two men squared off and eyed each other as the opening bell rang. One man was already viewed as the underdog, having lost the first match to the same fighter seven months earlier.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
- Joshua 1:9
The two men circled the ring, each looking for weakness in the other. Holyfield dominated the first two rounds. Tyson, the challenger, opened the third with a furious assault. In the remaining seconds of the round, Tyson suddenly bit off part of Holyfield’s ear and spat it out onto the canvas.
Do not fear or be dismayed…for the battle is not yours but God’s.
- 2 Chronicles 20:15
The fight was delayed while the referee decided what to do. Finally Holyfield was declared fit to continue the fight.
The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.
- Exodus 14:14
The men returned to the center of the ring. Inexplicably, Tyson bit Holyfield’s other ear. They finished the round but the referee stopped the fight at that point and disqualified Tyson. Holyfield was declared the winner. Tyson was declared a loser.
In an odd footnote, Tyson later apologized for his behavior to Holyfield on the Oprah Winfrey show, which Holyfield graciously accepted.
For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
- Chronicles 16:9
Sometimes we know what battles lie ahead. Other times, the blows are low and unexpected and dirty. The attacks we don’t see coming are the ones that hurt.
If you’re feeling beat-up this week, take heart. The battle’s not over. Your opponent has already been disqualified. Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Finish the round and let the Lord fight for you.
And be ready to forgive, because you’re going to win.
In all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37 NIV
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
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