|Keep Your Nerve
By Greg Sanders
Psalms 3: 1O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.2 So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” Interlude 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.4I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude 5 I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me
The trouble in our lives comes in many forms but always brings the same message. Trouble always brings the message; “God will never rescue you.” That was a message David’s enemy delivered to him, and I know that message plagues your life at times as well. It leaves you wondering will God ever rescue me from this issue? Will God heal my body? Will God provide for my needs? Will God intervene in my impossible situation? David is bombarded with these questions and more, but in the middle of threatening messages he laid down and got a good nights sleep. He kept his nerve when others would have lost their mind. How can you sleep in peace when everything in your life seems like chaos?
Here are a few ways you can keep your nerve in hard times.
1. Discern the difference between God’s voice and people’s voice.
There will always be three voices speaking to you in the middle of hard times, the voice of God, the voice of the enemy and your own voice. Make sure you discern the difference between God’s and the other two. His voice never changes and never fails.
2. Realize that you are surrounded by the presence of God.
David said the Lord was like a shield around him. He confessed that the father currently filters his entire life. Nothing can touch the life of the believer that does not come through the heart of the father.
3. Depend on God’s strength to lead you through your battle.
David was not holding his head up in his strength or pride. David held his head up in faith that God would not let him down. When you’re going through hard times, keep your head up so you can see the help of your God.
4. Trust God with what you cannot Change.
David went to sleep. Here is the thing about sleeping. Physically speaking, you are most vulnerable to natural enemies when you’re sleeping. Your guard is down; your eyes are closed, and you are oblivious to the outside world. However, David put himself in this vulnerable condition because he knew a better watchman was watching over his life. You will not discover the help of God until you learn to trust Him and lean into His care.
Today’s Challenge: Realize you are not facing today’s troubles alone. Remember that the voice of the enemy is no match for the words of God. God has you guarded by His presence so refuse to allow the voice of the opposition to sway you into actions that would sabotage God’s will for your life.