I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.
Veterans often refer to comrades-in-arms as their “band of brothers.” The relationships they share are deeper than those who have not served could ever understand.
Their closeness was forged in the horrors of war. They fought side by side in foxholes, vowed to defend one another to the death, and left no man behind. Their intimacy sprang from the struggle.
In our spiritual battles, we have found a Friend Who sticks closer than a brother. He goes before us to protect and defend. He equips us with the armor to vanquish the enemy in the day of struggle. He will never abandon us in the heat of conflict.
And after He has fought through the fire beside us and waded into the water to rescue us, we truly know Him. We can hear what our pastor says or what our friend has experienced, but when He carries us out of the war zone, we see Him in a way we never did before.
When we have suffered sickness, He became our Healer. When we were lost, He found us. When we were broken, He mended and made us whole. When we were afraid, He was our Defender.
Our troubles teach us His glory. Thank God in the trial, rejoice through the struggle, praise Him in despair. We had heard, but now…we see!
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the Lord inhabit your praises until your cup overflows with the power of His presence and the fullness of His joy!
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