Against the tired will of the princess, tears escape her glistening eyes and glide quietly down her cheeks. Betrayal and pain constrict her heart as it pounds violently to break free. With every resistant beat, the dark shadows of fear make an ever promising threat to completely besiege her.
The drums of war have been sounded; she will ready her defenses. The army she positions around her in this pivotal moment carries great and contrasting consequences. She has two choices: fallible but visible man or the invisible but undefeated King.
She “who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’ He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
‘Because she loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue her;
I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name.
She will call upon me, and I will answer her;
I will be with her in trouble,
I will deliver her and honor her.”
While the winning choice is clear, many princesses chose the fallible man as their protection. Out of their lips, they have professed trust in their Father, the King. However, when they allow fear to overcome them, desperation and panic take control of their minds. Sadly, they step out from the fortress that is their King and run mindlessly into the open field.
No longer can she rest in the protection of God because now she must work exhaustingly to create her own defenses. Instead of God Almighty, she relies on her own feeble hands. Instead of conquering angels, she has her conquerable troop of men.
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear,
instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you
as his own children, by which we cry out, “Father! Our Father!”
Daughters of the King, in this world, you will be betrayed, hurt, and wronged by man. When you feel those against you are growing in number and proximity, do not become slaves of fear.
“When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.”
Lay siege of your own mind and discard quickly the thoughts that say you have to build your own defenses. The Lord is your Rock. Do not flee His protection; remain in His presence.
“One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.”
When the suffocating storm you’re in clouds your vision, calm your heart and rest in the promise that your heavenly Father has given you. It may be forced trust in the beginning, but train your heart in the way it should go. Your Father will know and honor your heart’s efforts and prove Himself to you if you remain in Him.
“For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
Pour out your raw emotions to your Father. Then lay them down at His feet and praise Him for who He is, what He’s already done for you, and the works of His hands over the future of your circumstance. Claim victory with Him even as the storm rages. Do this and the chains that once weighed heavy on your heart will crumble to the ground.
At his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, O Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.”
Pour your heart out to God. Search for Him, and Him alone, relentlessly so that you may stand strongly against the fear that will creep upon you.
“My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.”
Though betrayal and pain may come from those closest to you, the Lord will never abandon you. Do not allow the hurt to cause you to sin against your Father or to move out from under His protection.
“Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, O Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.”
Remain in the light of Christ, keep your ways blameless, and even in the eye of the storm you will have strength as you work out your trust in the Lord. Stay under His protection and follow His guidance so you know when to be silent and when to pick yourself up and fight. Wait for Him. You will be rescued.
“I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.”
Lord, I am convinced that neither trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, sword, ‘nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from’ the love you have for us. It is you who separates all of that from us. May we trust you enough, not with our tongues, but with our actions, to keep you in that position. (Romans 8:35, 38-39)
Read the previous article in Samantha DeJaynes’ stunning series The Royal Compass: Confidence of the Crown.