27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!’ (Deut.1:27)
“…He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places.” (Deut. 1:29)
In my reading today I came across these scriptures and immediately thought of all the different enemies we face today. During the time of Moses their enemies were those who were living in the land God promised to the Israelites.
God expected the Israelites to trust Him to go before them and wipe out their enemies. There were times when they did not have to lift a finger to pillage their enemies.
I believe we forget we have that same promise. God wants to go before us and destroy our enemies. For you, your enemy might be your daughter or son’s eating disorder (ED).
Now I’m not a “name it and claim it” kind of person; though I believe there are times when you have to stake your claim, so to speak, to take back ground you may have allowed the enemy to claim.
And that may be your child’s illness or your ability to re-feed her because you are too intimidated or afraid of her emotions when you sit with her and encourage her to eat more than she wants to.
I am not saying if you just proclaim your child healthy that will be the immediate result. God doesn’t always work as quickly as we would like Him to.
But I am saying we have power and strength that comes from the Lord and we need to stand on that truth when we’re having tough times. Your child’s ED may be pushing you around.
I’m saying God can give you the wisdom to know when to be strong and when to be tender and even when to be both at the same time. God wants to fight our battles for us and we so often try to go it alone. I know I do.
These scriptures remind me without Him I can do nothing. I need to ask Him to fight and to help me stand strong with whatever my part is in overcoming struggles.
Jesus’ death on the cross means the battle is over. It is won! We can live out that victory one step at a time. For you, helping your child eat one more bite than she wants to and taking one meal at a time. You can stand strong with God’s help and slowly re-feed your child.
“Greater is He that is in me than He who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)