(January 13, 2015)
We like to think that we will win our battles if we take the side of the Lord. The fact is, we are correct in that approach (but perhaps not in a temporal sense). Jeremiah was told by the Lord that his enemies would fight against him but would not prevail. In the long run, that was true. But in the short run Jeremiah spent a long period of time in the muck of an oubliette (about one of the worst fates I could imagine).
We will win if we side with the Lord, but it is far more common that our test demands that we lose in the short term even if (especially if?) we are doing our best to follow the Lord.