Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
I know that I am not alone. You are with me. You will be by my side You will go before me. You will help me. There is no need for me to be terrified or afraid. There is no need for me to panic. You will never leave or forsake me. I can be strong and bold and courageous. This is all true, of that I am sure. That’s good. Is there a problem? Sometimes, I am terrified and afraid. Sometimes my heart and mind are filled with panic. Sometimes, I think and speak and act as if I am all alone. That’s not good. No, it is not. Why do you suppose you are not always strong and bold and courageous? Why are you sometimes terrified and afraid and filled with panic? I know what you are thinking. What am I thinking? You are thinking, but would never say, that maybe sometimes life is too much for you. Am I right? Yes, that thought has crossed my mind. No, I would never say that out loud, especially to you. Is life really too much for you? Is that the truth? No, it is not.
What is the truth? The truth is that when I size up myself, I tell myself that I am small and insignificant and weak. The truth is that when I size up my situation, I tell myself that the task at hand is too much for me. Then, I am timid and terrified, fearful and filled with panic. Then I feel as if I am all alone. That is when I tell myself that life or my particular circumstance is far too much for me. You do know that you are telling yourself a lie, don’t you? Yes, I do. That’s not good. No, it is not.
I will ask you again, what is the truth? The truth is that you are with me. You will help me. You will make me bold and strong and courageous. You will make me able to go and do whatever you ask of me. What must you stop doing? I must stop sizing up myself and my circumstances. What is not important? My size and the size of my circumstances are not important. What is important? Who do you really need to size up? I need to size up you. How big am I? You are a big God. What can I do in and through you? You can do all things in and through me because you will strengthen me. What else? With you, everything is possible. Anything more? I am not alone. Is that the truth? Yes, it is. Will you come to rely on me? Will you place all your faith in me? Yes, I will. Then you will be strong and bold and courageous. Then you will be able to go and do whatever I ask of you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will rely on you. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. I know you will be with me wherever I go. You will help me. You will encourage me. You will strengthen and empower me. I will not be terrified or afraid. I will be strong and courageous. Amen
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