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When Your Back Is Against the Wall

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When your back is against the wall, choose faith over fear. Stand firm in the faith, and put your trust in God.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10, NIV).

I’m sure you have seen movies where the bad guys chase the hero into an alley. He runs across empty barrels, through hanging laundry, over a stack of rubbish, and comes to . . . a brick wall! Panicked, our hero turns to face the bad guys, and his back is literally against the wall. And while you watch this scene, you subconsciously recognize it as a metaphor for many fearful moments in your life.

Often God leads us to what seems like a dead end, and we can be overcome with a sense of doom. Our human tendency is to take our eyes off of God, look at the problem before us, and feel overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. And when fear floods in, faith floods out! How can you handle these times that seem so hopeless? When your back is against the wall, choose faith over fear. Stand firm in the faith, and put your trust in God.

These frightening moments are only a temporary dead end. God will lead us to the point when we can no longer help ourselves and must trust in God alone. Then God goes to work, and He is glorified in a way greater than ever before. We are called to choose faith over fear and to trust that in God’s plan there are no permanent dead ends!

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