Take Courage

In life everyone WILL have MANY problems, difficulty, issues, inconvenience, worry, anxiety, distress, concern, irritation, vexation, annoyance, stress, harassment, and unpleasantness of all kinds…but the Bible tells us to TAKE COURAGE.

Trouble is more common to EVERY ONE of us more than you and I want to believe. When someone relates to you their troubles, they believe that they have the worst troubles. But the truth is, IF we all put all our troubles into a basket, I’m almost certain we all will grab back our own.

So, why do we complain and get all bent out of shape about things that are common to man? We waste so much negative energy whining about our parents and criticizing them despite the sacrifices they made for us. We cry about our failed relationships, when some folks never had one…and the dramas continues about our employers, politicians, pastors, doctors, and you know the list can go on and on. We humans have this thoroughly practiced and rehearsed.

It’s hard to take courage when we count our troubles more than the things we are grateful for – health, freedom, eyesight, hearing, sound mind etc.

Do you finally believe that troubles MUST come and it’s part of life? Why do we choose to run away from life’s troubles? Skipping town and moving on will NOT save us from trouble. Choosing to abandon people in our life because of a difficult season will NOT bring problem free people into our lives because trouble is common to everyone.

The fact that we haven’t figure out how to take courage in difficult times means we are putting our happiness/peace in the wrong place. In this godless world we will continue to experience many problems, difficulty, issues, inconvenience, worry, anxiety, distress, concern, irritation, vexation, annoyance, stress, harassment, and unpleasantness of all kinds…but the Bible tells us to TAKE COURAGE.

So take heart, apply your brakes, breathe a little, and exhale as many times as is needed because it is all part of living. When we have found a relationship with God there’s no way trouble, or hard times, or hatred, or homelessness, or bullying, or backstabbing, or even the worst disappointment can destroy us. Because we choose to remain anchored to Christ.

When we think of an anchor, we think of that heavy object that is tied to a ship when it is docking. It keeps the ship secure to the bottom of the sea where the waves cannot toss it to and fro damaging the ship. When we are anchored in Jesus Christ, the troubles will come and toss us to and fro but we are secure in the bottom of our heart. So, we TAKE COURAGE.

Don’t fret. Believe that God has not lost control of anything that we will face today, tomorrow, or in the years ahead. God will either shut the mouths of the lions or be the fourth man in the fire alongside us. He will teach us how to fly above the issues of life.

God knows that I speak NOT like I have never been in a place of turmoil, but I have learned to take courage when I am being tossed to and fro. I make a deliberate choice NOT to give in to fear because I have tied my emotions to an anchor that is steadfast and unmovable. I will NOT get bent out of shape…but I may need a little touching up.

God shows us how to get out of traps that was deliberately set for us, and even if we slip into them…we will not fall into them. To slip means to slide unintentionally for a short distance, you can still gain your balance. But to fall means to move downward losing control, to plummet, nosedive, tumble, or collapse … much more difficult to get back on your feet.

God’s love doesn’t save us from trouble … but just as a fireman can rescue a family trapped in flood waters…God will come to our rescue.

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