“Today you would hear his voice: Harden not your hearts…”Psalm 95:7-8
Have you been wrestling through your Lenten journey? Perhaps you feel there is an opposing force trying to disarm you, keeping you from pressing forward?
In the gospel of Luke 11:14-23, we have a scene that may look a little like this wrestling we are experiencing. I invite you to re-read verses 21-22, “When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.” Let that simmer for a minute and listen to what God may be speaking to you through those two verses.
We could infer, that Jesus is teaching us a lesson about the wrestling going on within us when we haven’t fully placed our trust in him and we try to take control of the things in our life. We may feel safe for a moment but when something stronger surfaces, the wall crumbles.
Do you find yourself putting up this wall around yourself, your own armor to self-protect? What happens to that armor when a circumstance overpowers it? Does it become like bowling pins, a victium of the bowling ball or like dominoes falling one by one.
We are around the mid-point of Lent. Through the last three weeks, we’ve been trying to maneuver our way through this desert. The journey isn’t quite over. There is hope, and light sprinkling in this dark path.
Today the invitation may be to “listen to [His] voice” (Jeremiah 7:23) and arm yourself with His armor versus your own so that when the enemy tries to discourage you and tempt you to abandon your journey, you will be ready with an armor stronger than any found on earth.
Lord, I surrender myself to You, trusting that You will strengthen me to continue the journey through this darkness into the light of the resurrection.