A Time for the Valiant

This is a time of pretty overwhelming circumstances, but please don’t give in to them. I don’t mean to oversimplify very difficult things. But then again, maybe that’s what we all need—to simply decide to go on, determining to live in what God says is possible, no matter how we feel about the viruses and circumstances trying to break us. We all want it to be over, but sometimes the only good thing we can do is to just take another step.

“The Lord directs and provides for every step of those who have a valiant heart. He delights in them on their journey. They may fall down, but they will never be cast aside. The Lord holds upholds them with his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24, paraphrase).

If I’m stuck in my own anxious thoughts, this psalm doesn’t answer my questions. But if I hear it with my heart, it’s a promise from God: “I am with you—take my hand, and walk this way with me.”

We think we’re most capable when we have all the answers. But often, the more we try to figure everything out, the more confused, frustrated, discouraged, and overwhelmed we get. We’re really at our strongest when we lean on his strength. Be encouraged that God loves to give you the desires of your heart as you delight in him (Psalm 37:4). He will never abandon you (Hebrews 13:5). And nothing can separate you from his love (Romans 8:18-39).

That’s really what you need to know more than anything else right now—that you are loved, you are not alone, and there is a next step to take with him. He has all the peace, wisdom, joy, and courage you need to be more than powerful enough for all you’re facing. Take his outstretched hand, valiant one, and then take the next step with him.

Father, I pray every valiant child of yours reading this would experience your courage and strength, and that today would be a turning point in their lives. Let your love become so real that they couldn’t help but see themselves, these circumstances, and their next step with all the hope, confidence, and determination you do.

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