With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. (Ps. 60:12)

EVERY DAY, THE HORRORS of the world leap out at me from the newspaper headlines, the evening newscasts on television, and the apps on my smart phone. Nuclear build up, terrorist attacks, hostages taken, floods, tornadoes. Sometimes, my hope for this world becomes so weak that it almost dies.

Then I read the psalmist’s assuring confidence: “God will gain the victory.”

I read the words several times until, gradually, I sense God’s unfailing strength.

Confidence in God makes things possible. It relieves me of worry and mental torment; it brings physical healing into my life. I hear the voice of God and am able to fulfil my calling. Confidence in God opens the door for all the promises of God to come into my life.

As I pray words of confidence in God, I begin to know, deep within, that God’s love is more powerful than any tragedy, stronger than any evil or hatred or darkness in this world. A sense of peace and contentment comes into my life when I am not clamoring after the things I want but rather trusting and having the confidence in God to provide the things I need, even in the midst of dark news.

Then, I am able to let go and immerse myself in the wisdom and assurance of today’s word.

Today, find a way to celebrate God’s unfailing strength in your life. 

Drexel Rankin is a retired ordained minister who served in Indiana, Alabama, and Kentucky. He and his wife, Patty, live in Louisville, Kentucky.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.