“What if the Lord had not been on our side? Let all Israel repeat: What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us. Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives. Praise the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Ps 124 (NLT)
“What if the Lord had not been on our side? “ v1
Have you ever woken up and a series of things will happen and without effort your day will become one that is responding to the ‘emergencies’ that have arose.
What do you do? Do you allow the situation(s) to shape your attitude, your day? Or do you find a way to lean in & not let it dictate how the day goes. Its a struggle to not make the outcome of the day from the response of the situations.
This was the scripture I was reading on a day that I was having “one of those days”, and I was reminded of a couple of things.
1 – The Lord is on my side. In that statement I find comfort. Peace. Security. A reminder that I am joining Jesus on His mission. That I am following Him, as long as I follow very closely no matter what hill, rock, valley or mountain top we need to climb, if I trip He is right there.
2 – Rest in Jesus. A wide variety of things can happen in day. The list in this Psalm range from raging water to war; it mentions ‘overwhelms’. Because He is on my side I don’t have reason to be overwhelmed. HE is right there. I need to hold on.
Practically I choose to live this out by
1 – Praying thru each moment I am threatened to be overwhelmed.
2 – Following very close to Jesus
3 – Reminding myself when it feels overwhelming or that the situation wants to take over that my help is from the creator of the universe & He is on my side. He will guide & walk with me thru each and every step of this day. I serve a God that has my back & loves me. There is no fear in that love.
Some days I have to be more intentional with these steps, and others not so much. I am so thankful that Jesus is right there. That nothing surprises Him. He knew all the details before we got there. Growth and change come from walking thru the hard times & celebrating the amazing things God is and has done.