Be Strong and Courageous

II Chronicles 32 is a wonderful example of the sovereignty of God and proof that when we place our full trust in God, He will cause us to be victorious!

I’ve been spending some time reading and re-reading this chapter to slowly digest its true meaning.  I love verses 7 and 8 in particular:

“Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him;

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles.  And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah.”

Wow.  God was saying through Hezekiah – “Hey, I’ve got your back!  The odds may not be favorable for you but, no worries.  I’m bigger; I’m greater than your foes.”

Sometimes we place God is this super small box and believe that He is somewhere up in the sky looking down on us, probably frowning, and that He is incapable of moving in our situation.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  The Bible says that God is touched with the feelings of our infirmities.  He cares, folks.  He has loved us with an everlasting love.  Above all, He wants us to seek Him out and to trust Him.  How can you have a relationship with someone if you are unwilling to trust them on the most basic level?

When we are able to fully trust God and place our lives in His hands, we will then begin to see Him move in our lives in ways we never thought possible.

“…but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.”  Yes!

We build up our faith by reading the Word of God.  And when we do this, our faith is able to grow and we are then in a position to be “strong and courageous”, not in our own strength or might; but in God’s strength.  He will give us supernatural strength to walk through whatever valley you find yourself in today.  He is able.  He is more than enough.

Will you trust Him?

In our weakness, He is strong.   If you feel weak in your faith today, I encourage you to get into the Word of God.  It is there you will find strength.

May God bless you and may you find courage and strength in God today!

As we close out another year…

There’s something a little sentimental about closing out the year, isn’t there?  On the one hand, we ask ourselves, ‘Did we accomplish all we had hoped to?’.  On the other, it’s an ending, a closure of sorts, and maybe that’s a good thing.

The ending of a year reminds us of how quickly time escapes us and that our days are truly numbered.  It also urges us to make the most of the time given us.

Yes, this time of year is cause for pause.  Did we spend our time wisely in 2016?  Was it invested in things that genuinely matter?

Time, unlike money, is a commodity that we cannot retrieve once it is gone.

And so, we will soon say good-bye to another year.  For some, the new year cannot come soon enough; for, with it, comes renewed hope for a better one.  Perhaps regret is what comes readily to mind when reflecting on the past year.  And for others, maybe 2016 was one of your best to date.  And still others, maybe your present situation finds you neither pondering the past nor filled with faith in the future.

Complacency is a terrible trap for it is desperately deceitful.  It assumes things will always remain the same when nothing could be further from the truth.  Life is rapidly changing.  So, if life seems less than stellar at the moment – no worries.  It won’t always be this way.  And if you’re living on life’s mountain top right now, enjoy the ride!  Sadly, mountain top experiences don’t last forever.  No, life is about ebbs and flows, highs and lows, ups and downs.  Inhale, exhale.

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life so that we may grow in wisdom.”

Psalm 103:13-17:

“The Lord is like a father to his children,
    tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
   For he knows how weak we are;
    he remembers we are only dust.
   Our days on earth are like grass;
    like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
   The wind blows, and we are gone—
    as though we had never been here.
  But the love of the Lord remains forever.”    

As we close out 2016 and gaze into the horizons of 2017, may we apply our hearts unto wisdom and make each day count.  Beginnings offer such hope, don’t they?  There’s something about taking an imaginary eraser and wiping the board clean, isn’t there?

Here’s wishing you and yours a clean slate where anything is possible and a place where miracles can happen if we simply look for them.

I’m often struck with amazement how a change in perspective can altar everything!  If you want to find fault with people and life in general, you will never run out of material.  Conversely, if you want to spread joy and happiness, investing in those around you, you will find fulfillment on so many levels.  Our circumstances may never change but we can control our attitude and how we respond to them.

Praying that 2017 is a year filled with possibilities, hope and miracles!  They are all around us…if we dare to look, if we dare to make a difference.

May God grant us all the faith and courage to spread His love to those around us.

We have but one life to live.  May we make it count for eternity.