The word had not been much in my vantage point until it became my One Word for 2021. It’s funny how it works as now I see it more frequently.
It’s interesting to see the journey the word takes as it weaves its way in and through one’s heart and mind, deeply impacting and forever changing our lives.
Using a different dictionary, I discovered another definition for the word “prevail”: “to gain ascendancy through strength or superiority; to triumph” (from merriam-webster.com).
I loved that definition as it collided with a verse from my morning reading time:
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37, NASB)
We prevail, or overwhelmingly conquer, because of our position in Christ. It is through Him we gain strength, superiority, or triumph. It is not of our doing or something we can muster up.
One commentary helps us to understand our position in Christ:
“The love of God gives us “a glorious hyper-victory,” more than can be described or contained in one word. God’s love and grace has made us hyper-conquerors, empowered to be unrivaled, more than a match for any foe!”
(from The Passion Translation, as found on Bible Gateway)
We need to see ourselves as we have been positioned in Christ. It is His love, His power, which enables us to face adversity and overcome. Jesus empowers us to conquer all the obstacles in our lives, one day at a time.
“HE will silently plan for you,His object of omniscient care;God Himself undertakes to be
Your Pilot through each subtle snare.
He WILL silently plan for you,
So certainly, He cannot fail!
Rest on the faithfulness of God,
In Him you surely will prevail!”
He will SILENTLY plan for you
some wonderful surprise of love.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
But it is kept for you above.
He will silently PLAN for you,
His purposes will all unfold;
Your tangled life will shine at last,
a masterpiece of skill untold.
He will silently plan FOR YOU,
Happy child of a Father’s care;
As if no other claimed His love,
But you alone to Him were dear.
(E. Mary Grimes)
(from Streams in the Desert, Feb. 8th)
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