April 8, 2015

“Be strong and courageous, and firm; fear not not be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Let’s face it. We are not strong in ourselves. Sometimes we think we are, only to realize when tough times come along that we need something: we need Him. In fact, we need each other too. But the verse above tells us to be strong. Be courageous. Don’t fear — for it is the Lord our God who goes with us! He will not fail.

I remember a church saying from when I was young, “Our God can do anything but fail.” He can’t fail! He can’t mess up or make mistakes. He won’t. He can’t. Or else He’d have to stop being God.

When He’s in us, we too, are called to triumph, not fail. So why do we find ourselves so often opting for the easy way instead of doing the bold thing — the brave thing? In relationships, it’s often easier to run than to stay. But to stay is the more courageous thing. In stepping out into unknown, uncertain territory — it’s easier to take a “close” path to what our heart’s desire really is instead of taking the perfect steps. But why? Life is short and meant to be lived. If God’s saying something to you, listen! Get good counsel. Then do.

Stop doubting. If you belong to Christ, Christ the Anointed One lives in you! And even when we fall and if we miss it, He’s still there. He hasn’t failed. Sometimes our small failures help make us stronger so we hear and move more clearly and faithfully the next time.

So be bold, strong, and courageous! All of heaven backs us up. And He won’t leave.