Nancy Taylor Tate
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)
I think we would all agree, this life holds challenges! Here Paul is expressing thanks to the Lord for His enabling grace and power that “always” causes us to triumph in Christ. I love that word “always”!
My dad used to say, “The next time the Lord lets me down will be the first!” I heard him say that many times in his eighties. But it caught me by surprise to hear him say the same thing when he was in his forties! As I listened to an old tape, I heard him say with a youthful voice, “I like to say the next time the Lord lets me down will be the first!” Then with a little laugh he added, “And I feel like I am going to be able to say this my whole life!”
Memories of him as I knew him in his eighties, mingled with memories of things he’d come through. His strong faith in the sovereignty of God, the intervention of God, and his yieldedness to the inner working of the Lord in his own life filled my mind. An understanding of the faithfulness of God burned deep inside me. I will be able to say the same thing right through to the end of my life too!
How faithful our God is! How much He loves us! Our problems are not too hard for God! Neither are our circumstances! God is faithful! He loves us!
One translation of the Bible describes our victories as a triumphal procession. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15 NIV)
Some years ago as I was again teaching the book of 2 Corinthians, that “triumphal procession” really became highlighted to me. I saw what appeared to be as a mighty army, a procession of people all through the ages, an endless number of people walking in triumphant procession. I marveled as I looked at the numbers, overcomers from every time in history. What a privilege to join such ranks! What an awesome call!
Then I saw not just a procession of victory through the ages, but a procession of victories in my own life, bringing me to the place where I am today. That vision grew to seeing victories in the making, and victories I didn’t even know about, yet to come! As I faced the circumstances in my own life, I was in step with all those who had gone before me. A mighty army who had lived victoriously in this life, who now moved in triumphant procession in eternity.
Paul gives thanks to the Lord who always “causes” us to triumph! That word “cause” is a strong word. It speaks of a strength beyond our own, which God always gives to us, as He brings us into victory.
Ezekiel 36:27 promises, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” What a glorious promise! As believers, what strength we have within! What divine enabling power!
Do you feel alone in what you are facing today? Know there is a whole army of people who have faced their battles, and there is a people today, rising up in faith and victory. You are a part of that people! The Lord will never leave you or forsake you. His grace is sufficient! Together, let’s draw on His power today!
May I again speak the blessings of the Lord Jesus Christ over your life and all that pertains to you. May He bless you, as He continues to draw you ever closer to Himself. May you increasingly prosper, both spiritually and in your life circumstances, beyond all that you have experienced in the past, and may you be blessed in life, in health, and in all that is before you.