(Compiled by Linda Lorring)
Do not be terrified or discouraged, for I am with you wherever you go. It’s easy for My followers to feel frightened and pessimistic when the mainstream voices in this world speak so heavily against them. Looking at this life through godless, biased lenses will indeed pull you down. Christian courage is the antidote to this poisonous input, and it is nourished by the knowledge that I am always with you (1).
It is crucial to remember that what you can see of reality is only a very small piece of the whole. When Elijah was deeply discouraged, he said he was the only one who had remained faithful (2). Yet there were thousands in Israel who had not bowed down to Baal. Elijah was blinded by his isolation and his discouragement. Similarly, Elisha’s servant was terrified because he couldn’t see what Elisha saw: horses and chariots of fire all around to protect them from enemy forces (3).
Beloved, not only am I with you, but I have unlimited resources to help you. So look beyond the way things appear, and take courage! (4).
(1) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1: 9 (ESV)
(2) He (Elijah) said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life to take it away.” 1Kings 19:14 (ESV)
(3) Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6: 17 (ESV)
(4) Then take heart. It is I. Do not be afraid. Matthew 14:27 (ESV)
Taken from Jesus Always by Sarah Young (available October 2016). Download a free 7-day sampler of Jesus Always at http://www.jesuscalling.com/books/jesus-always/. Bible verses taken from https://www.biblegateway.com/