“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (NIV) Ephesians 6: 13
Today so much evil abound in this world and we seek a refuge for our dear souls. So many entangling issues come our way and we wonder the way out as Christians. In our day to day relationships, we are faced with tough times as we thrive to live lives that are worthy of our calling as children of God. Sometimes we have to make tough decisions as well; decisions that may affect the people around us and cause us to bear certain consequences. So the question is; what do we do in times like these?
We can learn from our Master. The Lord Jesus anticipated evil when He said, “the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23, 27). He concluded by saying “now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour”. Jesus was troubled within because of the evil He anticipated, yet He knew it was part of His destiny. The next thing He did was to go and pray, and the word of God says “an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him" (Luke 22: 43).
To face tough times and win, we need strength from within, and that strength comes from God when we pray. We must understand that evil is not supposed to destroy us because God would not allow that to happen . We must know that all the temptations and challenges that come our way in this world are such that they are common to man; but God is faithful so He will not suffer us to be tempted above that we can bear. He will make a way of escape that we may be able to bear the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13).
That way of escape is in His Word. We must constantly and daily declare God’s word in earnest, heartfelt and continued prayer. We must not give up in our prayers. Trusting in God during the tough times is our sure way to win because He will always make a way where there seems to be no way.