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Last week was school vacation for us. And I spent a lot of time on our couch. While I love relaxing on our couch, this is not my favorite place to be, except if I am watching Fixer Upper, which I was not. Two trips to our primary and two rounds of antibiotics landed me exactly where I was positioned, much to my dismay.

Psalm 20 filled my thoughts for days, even as I shared some from there in my post yesterday.

We are dependent on God every day for such a variety of reasons. The daily demands often are enough all on their own to cause us to reaffirm our reliance on Him alone.

God is looking to fulfill His purposes in each of our lives. He wants us to come to Him, expressing our hearts and needs to Him.

An interesting story was shared in The Holman Old Testament Commentary of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military leader, who was once asked, “Is God on the side of France?” So full of himself, his power, and the weapons available, he responded, “God is on the side that has the heaviest artillery.” Later on, he was heard to boast, “I make circumstances.” Eventually he lost both battle and reign. Now unseated and exiled, his thoughts shifted and he was heard to quote Thomas a Kempis, “Man proposes, but God disposes.”

Napoleon had learned a hard lesson – God is sovereign. Over all circumstances. Over all people. He alone controls our destinies.

“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They {{those who trust in other things}} are brought down to their knees and fall; but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:7-8, NIV)

How amazing is that! We may fall, but it is in His strength, and in His Name, that we rise up again to stand firm. We are established and strengthened. We do not stand up in the same condition by which we went down.

It was with this assurance, David later penned,

“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm;
thought he stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
(Psalm 37:23-24, NIV)


Trust Him today.
May He establish and strengthen you.
And may you rise up and stand firm in Him.


Today I am joining … Testimony Tuesday and True Story and #RaRaLinkup and Titus 2 Tuesday .