Reflecting on a video clip I watched about a 62 year old woman who had a set of triplet lately; having been married for 33 years, I am caught in awe of God. I ran out of Math ideas trying to calculate the number of months this woman’s expectations had met with disappointments. Then I got thinking about the measure of emotional distress when her hopes were dashed in those 33 years.
I calmed my fired up thoughts by the sigh of “She prevailed”. When all ways seemed walled up, the Lord broke the gates of brass and cut the bars of iron asunder. Yes, she indeed prevailed.
There is no reason to prevail if there are no opposing forces. Many forces are contending with the growth, goals, strength, sanctity, sanity, pleasure and peace of man. To prevail over those contending forces in life, there is need to gain power and remain empowered.
To some, prevailing feels like trying to win a rigged game. They see no potentials nor possibilities for victory, the cost to prevail seem too high and their heart-peace are eroding away. How do you envision a woman who had reached the menopausal state, still believing God for her own fruit of the womb? It only takes power.
For some people, work challenge position them in second guessing their ability; feeling a lack of competence, confidence, and creativity to fulfil the job demands.
Stress at the home front has made a lot of people subject to apathy. They are disengaged and act as strangers in their own homes. There are strings of causes that makes a home the hell; but none of these factors can beat the power of Love.
Power to prevail takes confidence in God. Philippians 1:6 says:
‘For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
This verse of the bible is an assertion of God’s faithfulness and sufficiency. He does what He says, and delivers with no hesitations nor fail.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. Hebrews 4:16.
Power to prevail begs for an humble spirit. In total subjection to the power of God, and absolute submission to the power of His will, wonders are wrought. Humility doesn’t make you a pushover. It means you are a focused goal getter who sees the journey as important as the destination, and will not allow anything to derail you from getting results; and ultimately you have your soul to keep for eternal life.
Therefore, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:10
When we reverence God in lowliness and meekness, He rises to prove Himself in our lives.
The company we keep determines who we become. The relationship we engage in defines the choices we make and dictates the kind of life we live.
At the fight against Amalek in Exodus chapter 17, Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. The word of God recorded that when Moses held his hand up, Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. His hands were down when they became heavy; tired, hurtful, wearied…
“… Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set”. Exodus 17:11b-12.
The people around Moses in persons of Aaron and Hur did the needful in his time of need. They provided him with succour, support, and steadiness; and his strength was sustained until he prevailed.
Relationship matters. We all need energized, motivated, faithful, and God fearing people in our lives. Get sandwiched between those who truly love you and fear God.
The Power to Prevail is prevalent when we refuse to succumb to harsh treatment of circumstances, suggested short cuts by men, and stress-inducing relationships.
Power up to prevail.