“…’Courage, my daughter…’…” (Matthew 9:22)
One cannot say he is courageous unless he has a reason to be afraid. Nowadays, we can never run out of reasons.
Financial — The boss announced possible company downsizing and he said that in the next few weeks some heads will roll…
Health — The doctor just texted you that the test results just came out but that you had to go to his clinic right away because he has to tell you the news personally…
Relationships — The police called. They have your son in their custody, charged with possession of drugs…
These and more could rob your peace of mind. Sleepless nights. Ulcers. Depression.
In the midst of all these, God speaks to you about courage.
Courage, my friend, is not the absence of fear but the presence of God.
Let me tell you what I mean…
When I was a little boy, I love to take plane rides but only when I am with my parents. Without them, plane rides are no fun at all what with all the occasional air turbulence and the prospect of engine failure or pilot error. And yet, despite the many threats of riding a plane, all of these shrink in the face of my confidence in the presence of my parents. The fear remained but cut down to manageable size because of who I was with.
In life, facing your fears can be daunting and overwhelming…unless you face them with God.
It is often said that the Christian life is not a boat without storms but a boat which no storm can sink. Why? Because God is in the boat!
So take courage today, dear reader.
Acknowledge your fear but recognize your God.
And then believe…
He is bigger than your fears!
I remain, in Christ,