Devotions By Jan

Wrestling

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wrestling_390_1302Scripture for Today:  Psalm 13:2  “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?  How long will my enemy triumph over me?”

I would have been completely confused watching a wrestling match, had I not looked up the goal and rules of the game.  But I have learned that each move is calculated to pin the opponent on his back, shoulders blades touching the mat for at least two seconds.  Sometimes, no one gets pinned in which case the winner is the one with the most points doing the following: the Take Down, the Escape, the Reversal, and the Near Fall. The names of those moves are self-explanatory, but I love the description of the Reversal.  In this move you are on the mat but you come up from underneath and regain control.

In our verse for today, David is wrestling with his thoughts.  He feels that God has abandoned him and is hiding His face.  His enemies seem to have the upper hand.  These thoughts are bringing David down to the mat with sorrow.  But what is so encouraging is to see David win this wrestling match with a Reversal!  His thoughts have him on the mat but not for long.  Before the end of this short Psalm, David comes up from underneath his thoughts and regains control.  He does this by declaring the truth of God’s unfailing love.  He regains control of the battle by rejoicing in the fact of his salvation!  Telling himself the Truth has given David the victory.  Those troublesome thoughts are pinned to the mat.

How long?  How long will I struggle?  Two seconds of Truth is all it takes to pin down those negative thoughts!  Thank you, Lord, for the victory Your Truth brings!

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