Topic: 1 Corinthians 15:57
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57, KJV).
In our busy lives, yours and mine, there are days when victory seems an impossibility. Heartaches, trials, burdens or just the ordinary cares of the day, all seem foreign to the idea of being victorious.
And yet the fact remains that we are "more than conquerors" even when we do not feel like it. God graciously allows His children to be human and to express our doubts and fears when suffering and pain and testing and trial seem to overwhelm us.
"I have to be very honest," confessed Joyce Landorf, well-known Christian author and speaker, during a long period of illness. "One of the things I have learned from severe pain is that I have felt totally abandoned by God. I didn't think he'd let that happen to me, but He has.
"And maybe the feeling of abandonment when pain is at its writhing best...maybe that's what makes it so sweet after the pain goes and the Lord says, 'I was here all the time. I haven't left you. I will never forsake you.' Now those words get sweeter to me because I know what it has felt like to not feel His presence."
We do not have all the answers, but we know one who does. And that is where our victory begins - acknowledging (1) that God is a God of love, one who never makes a mistake, and (2) he will never leave us or forsake us.
I will consider myself a victor, whatever may transpire, because I serve the victorious one.