Welcome to my new devotional series created for ALL moms! I often speak to homeschool moms, but this series is for any mom out there who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord and her understanding of the Word as it pertains to motherhood! Please share with your mom friends!
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If you’re struggling with “enemies” in your own life, you’ll find some great comfort in Psalm 3!
Like many of the Psalms, David is the author of this particular chapter. He is in the midst of running for his life from several enemies, including his own ungrateful son, Absalom! He is being pursued for his crown and his very life and even his own flesh and blood is out to get him. I can’t imagine the heartache and betrayal that David felt in this particular situation.
As moms, we have our own vast and varied enemies that we face: some for a season and others on an ongoing basis. Some of us are feeling the weight of wayward children. All of us seem to be struggling with a certain amount of anxiety.
We are told a million different ways how to raise our kids. Access to information, although helpful at times, has more often than not brought unprecedented amounts of anxiety.
We experience pressure to perform as parents, spouses, employees, daughters, friends and Christian women. In the midst of this chaos, the enemy breathes his insidious lies: ”you will never be enough, you will never do enough”. He tempts us to go after other “gods”:
Success has much to do with how we appear or think we appear to everyone else. It can take the form of materialism, privilege, how we look as a mom, how we look as women in our church, ministry or circles of influence. Our physical appearance, intelligence or knowledge of current issues or trends. The Enemy knows just where we are vulnerable, never forget that.
Money can drive us whether we have plenty, we are struggling financially or anywhere in between. It can consume our thought life and destroy our marriage or family.
1 Timothy 6:9,10 warns against this:
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Fame: Every voice wanting to be heard and everyone wanting to be seen creates noise that is unbearable and so confusing that no one is being heard. We want to know that we matter to someone, that we stand for something and that we are making a difference.
These desires are needs that only God can fill, so when we are struggling with discontentment, often it boils down to one very important question: Is HE enough?
Listen as David cries out to the Lord:
O Lord, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.
2 So many are saying,
“God will never rescue him!”
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;
you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.
4 I cried out to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy mountain.
5 I lay down and slept,( how is this even possible? I lose sleep over far less worries)
yet I woke up in safety,
for the Lord was watching over me.(emphasis mine)
6 I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on every side.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
8 Victory comes from you, O Lord.
May you bless your people.
God is on our side. He is good. He is faithful. He is just. His mercies are new every morning.
The bottom line is that we all have deep needs that only God can fill and not only does He fill them, He does it ways that bring peace that is beyond understanding. It’s the peace described in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Dig deeper: What areas are you being tempted to run after “other gods”? How does today’s passages help you re-align yourself with God’s priorities? What truths have you read here that are helping to lift your personal anxieties?