Stand in the Face of Opposition

“Only do not two [things] unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee. Withdraw thine hand far from me and let not they dread make me afraid.” Job 13:20-21

Job probably faced more opposition than many of us and did not know why? Having lived his life as a true man of God he could not understand the current state of his life.

There are two things that helped Job survive the worst ordeal of his life. First he asked God not to withdraw his hand from him, which shows that he knew his strength was grounded in God. Second he asked that he use that strength to give him extraordinary faith, so that he would not be afraid.

It is a natural instinct for us to become afraid of things we don’t understand. But fear is a weapon of defeat not of victory. Fear opposes faith. You cannot stand in the face of opposition when you are running from fear. In order to stand and face opposition, you must first know where to draw your strength. David stood before Goliath when no other man in the army would. He did so because he knew the source of his strength.

“David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” 1 Samuel 17:37

The source of your strength is in the hand of God. That strength supports your faith and allows you to stand in the face of opposition and win.

Just in case you didn’t know David killed Goliath (with a slingshot and a rock) and Job recovered from deathly illness and emotional turmoil with no evidence of either ever occurring.

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