Making the Lord Our Banner
Life is crazier today than it has ever been. The world seems to be spiraling out of control at every turn and the financial hits just keep on coming for our teams. Between lost jobs, a need to replace or repair equipment, it makes you want to go screaming into the night. If not that, at least you’d look at the circumstances of life and decide YOU need to do something to handle your problems.
It’s hard to sit on your hands and watch things falling apart around you. So what do you do? First you need to understand He’s got this. Many years ago the Lord had me fast for 21 days. While I learned numerous things along the way, the biggest thing He wanted me to understand was He was my source for all things. He would supply all of my needs, large and small, just like Paul says in Phil 4:19 ‘And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.’
Second, bring your lunch. You don’t get to “Check your brain and blame it on God”. He has given you skills and abilities, use them. That does not mean manipulate your circumstances, but in those times seek Him and how He wants you to react. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Phil 4:13
Lastly, yet firstly, pray. Pray continually, 1 Thes 5:16-18 ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’
If the enemy can get us to look at our circumstances and take our eyes off of our Lord, he wins. If you are having a tough go of it today, look to the Creator of the universe for answers, not man. His ways will always be best!
Making the Lord Our Banner
by Os Hillman
“Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.” Exodus 17:15
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. God instructed Moses to stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in his hand. Moses’ staff represented something that God said He would use to bring glory to Himself. The staff represented what Moses had done for most of his life – shepherding. It was his vocation. When God first called Moses at the burning bush, He told him to pick up the staff; He would perform miracles through it.
God wants to perform miracles through each of our vocations. At Rephidim, God defeated the Amalekites only when Moses held his staff to Heaven. It was a symbol of dependence and acknowledgment that Heaven was the source of the Israelites’ power. When he dropped his hand, the power was removed and they began to lose the battle. Each day we are challenged to reach toward Heaven and allow God to be the source of victory in the workplace or be defeated. God calls us to let His banner reign over the workplace so that others may know the source of our victory. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven’ ” (Ex. 17:14). The Lord wants those behind us and around us to know that He is the source of our power and success. With each victory is a testimony that is to be shared with our children and our associates.
Is the Lord your banner today? Reach toward Heaven today and let His banner wave over your work so that He might receive glory from your life.