THE WORD: Facing a crisis 

“The Battle of Jericho” by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. (Public Domain)  

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Many a great battle is won by the reserves. The struggle is perfectly balanced, and victory is uncertain. Then, one side or the other brings up the reserve army, and instantly the question is settled.

Life’s battles and crises are often determined in the same manner: by reserve resources — or their absence.

Our days are not all bright, easy, and free of pain. The course is not always smooth. We all have tasks and duties which completely overwhelm our ability. We are all assailed by spiritual foes and temptations — and victory comes only if we can call our reserves into action. Blessed are those who have learned to draw on the infinite resources of divine strength. With the fullness of God as a reserve, they can never fail.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19  


J.R. Miller was a pastor and former editorial superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication from 1880 to 1911. His works are now in the public domain.