“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (II Corinthians 2:14).
Our God is one to convert a wilderness into a farming land. He is the one to change the sorrow into joy and defeat into victory. Paul the Apostle says “God who always leads us in triumph in Christ”.
We face defeats on several occasions in our lives. We can never inherit success if you get disheartened during the times of defeat. If we become desperate during our tumultuous hour, our strength will be narrowed down. You should know how to convert the hurdles into stepping stones for victory. Then your defeats will become victories.
When Joshua guided the children of Israel to Canaan, suddenly he faced defeat in the city of Ai. The men of that city struck down thirty-six men among the children of Israel. Therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water (Joshua 7:5). How to convert this defeat into victory? Joshua cried and lied on his face before God (Joshua 7:10).
At that time God revealed the reason for the defeat. The Israelites committed sin and they had violated the covenant made with God. He pointed out how sin entered the camp of Israelites through one man by name Akan.
They never tasted victory until they got rid of Akan. Dear children, certain Akans might be hidden amongst you. The Akans of some people might have been their covetousness or blabbering. Further, certain lusts, illicit relationships and evil thoughts might have crept in. These things might bring defeats. You can never have a victorious run while carrying the load of such sins. But, once the sin is removed the divine presence of God and the power will be revealed to you.
Dear children of God, always stand along with the Victorious Christ and worship Him. “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57) Do your adversaries fight against you without a cause and unnecessarily hate you? Do not worry. “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways” (Deuteronomy 28:7).
To meditate: “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21).