“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.”
Psalms 18:1-3 NKJV
Fortress in the dark
The many hours of the day, are a constant battle for the follower of Christ who chooses to walk in the Spirit. The nature of the world is carnal, and though we are being reclaimed from sin, we are still flesh, and we are naturally tuned to the temptations aimed at us.
Temptation is constant, much like the draw of metal to magnet. Choosing to walk in the Spirit means resisting what is natural, and choosing to seek what is spiritual. It requires the intervention of a supernatural God, to give the believer a foothold.
It is not an automatic occurrence, the resistance of temptation, but a series of intentional choices based not human will, or intent, but based on the eternal word of God. We must seek the Lord consciously, especially in the night seasons, in the moments when the fatigue of the day, the build up of stressors, allows sin a potential opening, as temptation is probing at the soul of a person, like water looking for an entry into a leaking boat.
“I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.”
Psalms 16:7-9 NKJV
In those moments, I try and remind myself that the Lord is my rock and my fortress, guarding me in the evening just as well as He has guarded me in the day. In Him I have the strength to stand in the face of the twilight attacks from the evil one, seeking to sneak upon me unawares.
As the Lord is my shield, I aware alert, and sober minded, ever watchful for the slightest hint that there is a breach in my boundaries. I know that the devil is always lurking, seeking an opportunity to cause me harm. I am ever vigilant, praying for the wisdom of the Lord.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
I Peter 5:8 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, the Lord has given us so many weapons to assist us in resisting the devil. He has guided us about with armor, and He has given us countless examples of those who have gone before us. We have a spiritual lineage of victors, men and women who have called upon the Lord and found Him faithful.
We have the word of God, prayer, and the Holy Spirit, God in us, to support us. In those moments of fatigue, when you too feel as though, the guards are weak, be reminded that the Lord is for you. He offer a way of escape and storing armor about you to help you withstand any assault.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
Ephesians 6:13-18 NKJV
He is also providing a way of escape if we are willing to act on it. I have found that taking time to turn my attention over to the Lord is essential in the late hours. I do some Scripture reading, I listen to some worship music, I think godly thoughts, bringing to mind the great things the Lord has done.
In doing all that, I invite the Lord into my evening, and any stress or mental fatigue is swept away. I call upon the Lord and am saved from my enemies, especially the ones that attack my mind.
The Lord is always faithful to remind me of where my help comes from. He is there twenty four seven. Many a night I have awakened to answer the call of nature, as is the bane of old folks, and found myself contemplating the goodness of God.
The Lord is my shield even in the middle of the night, and may fortress in the dark. I know that I can rest easy, knowing that He is near.
Sleep well, my people. Tomorrow is Sunday!