A situation that occurred recently had my husband and me sitting on our back patio in tears. Brandon looked at me and said, “Why is the enemy attacking our family?” We seek the Lord to have His hand upon our lives; upon our children; upon our home. We are intentional to teach and follow His ways. The instruction in Deuteronomy 6:5-9 has been a life application, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
In our flesh, we can’t help but ask “why?” When the core integrity of our home is threatened, it’s difficult to not ask “why?” Or question ourselves. What have we not done? What have we missed? When we mistakenly feel that situations are within our control, we feel like failures. But God has given us wisdom to know that that is exactly the way the enemy wants us to think and feel.
We believe I Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” I know the potential our family holds for the Kingdom of God is a threat to the enemy. I know attacks come where we least expect it and literally knock our feet out from under us, as did recently.
In these times, we rely on that solid, unwavering foundation. We cling to what we know. We don’t cower in defeat, resorting to staying under the enemy’s radar, so to speak. No, we boldly stand with confidence that God is in control. And He knows exactly what need, exactly when we need it. I melted in God’s presence Sunday morning as our worship team led us in the song, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong. Phrases like, “in oceans deep, my faith will stand;” “Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sovereign hand will be my guide;” “I will call upon Your name and keep my eyes above the waves.” But the one that has taken me to my knees was, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders…”
My husband and I acknowledge the deep waters. And it is here, in this place, where there is no limit to our trust in our Almighty God. Whether circumstances are within or outside of our control, we trust God. We pray for healing. We pray for forgiveness. We pray for complete restoration. We pray and we trust. Where we are weak, He is strong. In this great unknown, He is here.