Be strong, and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.
1 Chronicles 28:20
How comforting is it to know as a Christian that we must be brave, strong, and courageous because we are never alone. Our Karen people have been victims of civil war for many decades. However, knowing the Lord our God is with us especially in the midst of suffering, persecution, and trials gives us courage. Bravely, our Karen people pray, praise, and give thanks to God while hiding in the jungle. At the end of David’s life, he assembled all the leaders of Israel and exhorted them to follow the Lord. He reminded them of the promise God had given him to “establish his throne forever.” David then turned to Solomon and encouraged him in the building of the Temple and the ruling of the people, that he would never be alone. God would be with him and never forsake him. Thus David commands him to “be strong and courageous and do it.” What an amazing God we serve who is with us always, who never leaves us nor forsakes us.
Dear God, we thank You for the courage and faith to step out and accomplish Your purpose. Continue to guide and protect us, encourage and direct us as we set out to accomplish Your will.
We pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.