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Stay the Course
But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
There was war, problems and trouble going on all over the nation and the world at this
time. Everyone was ﬁghting everyone else. In the middle of the chaos, the Lord gives a
promise to Asa and the kingdom of Judah. He wanted to reassure him of his favor and
protection as long as he remained faithful to the Lord.
We all have times in our lives when it seems as if the world is caving in around us.
There is conﬂict and battle everywhere. We can begin to get edgy, critical and
suspicious. We wonder if we have any friends and allies. Our natural inclination is to
draw back into mistrust and protection mode. For me, I get irritable and sometimes
fearful. I may even doubt the calling and blessing of God upon my life. The word of the
Lord to Asa was to be courageous because his work would be regarded if he just
remained trusting and faithful. That is the same word for me. Stay the course. I can't
allow fear, failure or weakness pull me off mission, God will come through for me, He
will ﬁght for me if I am wholeheartedly engaged in His mission. Stay the course, my
efforts will pay off eventually.
Father, I can tend towards faint-heartedness at times. Help me to see what you see.
Help me to be a courageous man who is both dependent on and conﬁdent in you and
your faithfulness and goodness. I love you Father
Pastors Phil Harris of Epikos Church in Bend, Oregon.