In the last few weeks I have watched in horror as the country has taken turn after turn for the worse. Food prices are rising. Fuel is following. Atrocities committed by evil men have provided the impetus for an already over-reaching government, fueled by hysterical, "useful idiots", to begin the disarmament of a formerly free people. Everywhere I turn I am confronted by the realities of a nation ruled by emotion and useless rhetoric rather than disciplined determination. The tension is almost palpable.
I begin to succumb. In a panic I start making lists of things we need. I stress about not being where I want to be, not being ready for things to crash. "If only we had more....." or "I knew we should have gotten....". I get pulled into the vacuum of fear.
This morning, as I was reading in Proverbs, I came across a verse that spoke volumes to my anguished soul. "The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord" Proverbs 21:31. The reality of that verse struck me as I thought on all of the preparation we already have in place. We have spent years "preparing the horse against the day of battle" but our true safety comes from our Lord, not from our preparations. Our preparations are good and right, but God himself is our strong tower.
The stress of the past few weeks drained from my body as this verse soaked into my being. I didn't have to worry about what we do or don't have, about where we are (or where we are not) - our safety has nothing to do with that. It has everything to do with the God we serve!
And so I will continue to prepare my horse against the day of battle - but in that preparation I will trust in God alone. He is my rock and my refuge and my very real help in a time of trouble. I am ready for battle. I have a Champion.