This month’s Strong and Courageous post from Toni Shiloh provides encouragement to trust the Source of your courage. Welcome, Toni!
Courage to Trust
At one point in our life, we’ll look around at our circumstances and wonder what in the world is going on. What can we do to fix the disarray that has become our life? What can we do to bring healing to a body that constantly rejects all forms of healing? Whatever your dismal circumstances may be, you may be feeling like the cowardly lion.
You know that feeling that presses upon you when you want to throw the covers over your head and declare a redo? Or am I the only one? 😉 But what we need most desperately in those circumstances is courage. Not courage to fight as the world would teach us, but courage to trust in the Lord.
“The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” – Exodus 14:14 KJV
The world would have us put on our battle gear and fight the good fight. Sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively but still requiring effort on our part. Yet the Bible tells us to hold our peace. God has our back and all we need to do is trust in Him.
Holding our peace can feel so foreign especially if you like to be in control. To ensure that you’ve done everything to fight the good fight. Trust in God requires us to relinquish that control. We need to trust Him to guide our steps and direct our paths. To trust Him and believe that His plans are better than ours. To trust Him to love us more than we can fathom when we’re feeling unlovable. It’s tough and uncomfortable and against every natural instinct.
But friends, when we trust in the God who keeps His promises, we will have such peace it will amaze us and those that are watching.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 KJV
So today I encourage you to put on that cloak of courage and trust in the Lord!
During times when you’ve tried to conquer your problems on your own (we all do it), have you suddenly realized you can’t win the battle and must turn the control over to God? Did you find that peace that passes understanding?
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.
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