Be Strong and Courageous

Deut 31:6-8:  “Be strong and courageous! Do not fear or tremble before your enemies, for the Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He will not fail you or abandon you!” The Lord is indeed going before you – he will be with you; he will not fail you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged!”

Meditation

Days may be filled with losses and crosses. The challenge before us may seem impossible. Today, we may suffer from the cuts too deep to endure. Tomorrow, we could faint from crosses too heavy to bear. Faith prompts us to cultivate a spirit of contentment beyond what we see and despite the discouraging situations and odds that seem overwhelming,  Our focus is not grounded in our preoccupation with things and comfort. Don’t overlook the insurmountable value of gifts in-hand. Our God says, “No good thing will I withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Ps 84:11). Jeremiah reminds and reassures us, “Call to me and I will answer and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” (Jer 33:3) We already possess promises and riches greater than any striving can achieve. Contentment comes from this grounded confidence.

Contentment is like a strong current that carries us through trials, loneliness and affliction. Spurgeon writes, “The faith of God’s elect is a faith that can see in the dark, a faith that is calm in the chaos, a faith that is brightest when everything is dark as night.” Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid. (Jn 14:27)” .

Application

Courageous peace and contentment, by faith, carries us through each crisis because “our God will neither leave us or forsake us”.  Our confidence, contentment and peace is grounded in what you already possess … that cannot be taken from you.

Next Steps

Heb 13:5 “God has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”  (JB Phillips translation)