Christ There Is Strength
him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall
make peace with me. Isa. 27:5
enemy cannot overcome the humble learner of Christ, the one who walks prayerfully
before the Lord. Christ interposes Himself as a shelter, a retreat, from the
assaults of the wicked one. The promise is given, “When the enemy shall
come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against
him.” . . .
Satan was permitted to tempt the too-confident Peter, as he had been permitted
to tempt Job; but when that work was done he had to retire. Had Satan been
suffered to have his way, there would have been no hope for Peter. He would
have made complete shipwreck of faith. But the enemy dare not go one hairbreadth
beyond his appointed sphere. There is no power in the whole satanic force
that can disable the soul that trusts, in simple confidence, in the wisdom
that comes from God.
Christ is our tower of strength, and Satan can have no power over the soul
that walks with God in humility of mind. The promise, “Let him take
hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace
with Me.” In Christ there is perfect and complete help for every tempted
soul. Dangers beset every path, but the whole universe of heaven is standing
on guard, that none may be tempted above that which he is able to bear. Some
have strong traits of character, that will need to be constantly repressed.
If kept under the control of the Spirit of God, these traits will be a blessing;
but if not, they will prove a curse. . . . If we will give ourselves unselfishly
to the work, never swerving in the least from principle, the Lord will throw
about us the everlasting arms, and will prove a mighty helper. If we will
look to Jesus as the One in whom we may trust, He will never fail us in any
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 56, 57.