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God Uses People to Care for People

Jesus tells you to take comfort and confidence in His words and His power

God Uses People to Care for People
Lead by Example – Part IV

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-12

Key Verse: John 16:33
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

As in yesterday’s devotional, our Key Verse has good news, bad news and a command. We have looked at the good news and bad news, now let’s tackle the command in this verse: “But take heart!”

I was curious what Google says about the phrase “take heart”, and this is what I found: “When you tell someone to take heart, you are telling him to take comfort or take confidence from something”.

Jesus is telling us, His followers, to take comfort and confidence in His words and His power. Take heart… you can have peace during any storm that comes your way! Take heart…

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT)

When you face a serious problem, do you take heart or become downhearted? Do you immediately pray, “God I know You’ve got this, I will rest in You and enjoy Your peace”?

Too many believers tell their family and friends about their problems before going to God and telling Him about their problems.

As I write this devotional, I am in Armenia doing mission work. My wife and I have always wanted to help in mission work upon my retirement from pastoring. Flying anywhere in the world today is a real challenge. The day we were to leave, the airline cancelled two of our flights to Armenia. After we got tickets from another airline, then that airline delayed one of our flights for several hours, which put the connection to our final flight in jeopardy.

With all the challenges of our travel to Armenia, it was easy for us to get anxious and become downhearted. The good news, for each set back, is that the Holy Spirit reminded me of what I have been writing about in these devotionals and to practice what I was preaching!

So, I did. I presented my anxiousness to God in prayer and thanked Him for knowing how to fix my issues. The peace of God filled my heart and mind, and God reminded me once again that I really can live without worry or fear when walking with the Lord.

However, living without worry or fear is a choice we make, if we want to live the abundant life Jesus came to give us. Let’s look further at that decision in tomorrow’s devotional.

Father, I know I can “take heart” no matter the problems that come my way! Help me to live that and mentor that way of living to those around me. In Jesus’s Name, amen.