Be Strong and of Good Courage
“I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage… do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9
It takes courage to make it through something hard, and to come out alive on the other side; not barely breathing, but fully alive and vibrant on the inside. I think that is why most people on the earth live a life that is not fully alive. They are barely making it, self-medicating with sex, TV, drugs, or food, deeply depressed and searching for meaning. We have all been there. Hanging on by a thread, desperately trying to numb away the hurts that feel like they will overtake you, but believe it or not there is another way. It’s not easy or for the faint of heart, but it’s well worth the fight. This courageous ‘way’ is in the choice to honestly look inside our own hearts and to stop hiding the ugly things that live there. We don’t want to do this because in order to admit our faults and face our demons we must become weak. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but we serve a God of paradoxes. He is a king, but He came as a helpless babe. He didn’t come to be served but to serve. He elevates the poor and meek and humbles the rich and arrogant. And the list goes on. So, in this case when we “peel back our ribs again, and stand inside of our chest”1, peering honestly at all that resides there, both good and bad, we are at our strongest. We may look weak. It may feel like the most humiliating thing to admit where you may have been wrong and to submit those things to God, but it is truly the strongest, most valiant act that you could possibly do. God is with you, holding your hand. Let Him make you strong in your weakness. He loves to lift up those who willingly go low.
1. John Mark McMillian “Skeleton Bones”