Every day Satan is roaming the earth looking for an opportunity to steal our joy and take away our strength. We can see that clearly in Job Chapter 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Satan was looking around and he found a man by the name of Job. The Lord said “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Even though we was an upright man Satan attacked him at every area of his life and even though his story was over a thousand years ago Satan attacks are still present today. Satan tries to steal our joy and take away our strength by causing issues in our marriages, friendships, relationships, health in our careers and so on.
Just like Job, it doesn’t have to be something that you have done to cause these things to happen. It could just be simply a test of your faith to see how you will respond to the adversity. Sometimes that adversity can cause us to lose the strength and joy that we have but the truth is we shouldn’t allow Satan to steal something that only God can give. Job recognized this and refused to give in to his trap. This week I’ve had some things that have tried to steal my joy and my strength but I was reminded that Isaiah 40:30-31 says, Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. I was reminded when Daniel lost his strength in Daniel 10:18-19 how God strengthened him, “Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. “Do not be afraid, O man highly esteemed (he’s highly esteemed but here he’s weak) he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong. When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak my lord, since you have given me strength.”
God renewed Daniel’s strength when we was weak and he can do the same for you.
If you ever need a reminder as you go through adversity remember what the Lord spoke in James 1:12- Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Lastly, remember your character should never be situational, why? Because Jesus never was.