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“But concerning Apollos our brother, I encouraged him greatly to come to you with the brethren; and it was not at all his desire to come now, but he will come when he has opportunity. Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:12-13).

Difficult times come to us all. The Lord sends those who will help, but we ought not fall back and do nothing. At all times, we need to stand strong and withstand the constant threats of the wicked one who comes against us. The Lord has purpose in all of these things and will guide and strengthen us if we persevere. Come then into the Lord’s provision and trust the One who provides for all of our needs.

Lord, several times You tell us to be on the alert and yet our nature here is such that we often fall back in good times and then wonder where You are in bad times. Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that at all times I would trust You above the circumstances in this age. Lead me, Lord, that I may be guided by Your goodness and see that You are always with me and that Your will is what shall prevail.

Lord Jesus, You have walked this earth and know the difficulty of the day to day onset of things that get in the way. Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I would now and always humbly abide with You as You abide with me. Guide me according to the Father’s will to see through the difficulties of the day knowing that You are with me now and always. Amen.