Take Courage 

February 24, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NASB) 

Let us love our Lord for His great and realistic understanding of the world. No sugarcoating. No religious rose-colored glasses.  No saying if you just put a good spin on things, it will be easy. Thank God! Jesus understands that the world has some great, even overwhelming, tribulation in it. We won’t get out of this age without going through the most intense of all tribulations, the one the Bible calls “the Great Tribulation.”

Jesus does not promise us escape from tribulation but strength, staying power, and His Presence in the middle of it. Our consolation is that He is with us even to the “end of the age.” He is the One that will keep us and carry us through all trials and tribulation. He tells us to “take courage”— take it, carry it like a life jacket, put it on like a coat. We believers need to be a courageous bunch. We can be courageous because we can lose our lives in this life and not have really lost anything at all. 

Although we are persecuted and storm-shaken, we are eternally safe. We are held in His Hand, and nothing can snatch us out of it. Therefore, we can take chances that those who do not belong to God dare not. We can lay down our lives for others.

When the world starts to sink like the Titanic, we can give our life vests to those who are drowning without hope! We do not have to cling to our lives but can freely give them in service to our King. 

Courage, dear friend in Jesus, take the courage that Jesus holds out to you. Do not go fearfully into the night but bravely into the world. Rescue the lost. Comfort the mourning. Carry the weak. Feed the hungry. Proclaim liberty to the captives, and give recovery of sight to the blind. Proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the soon coming of our God (Is. 61:1-2). We have no time to waste and no need to fear. We are held by God, and we are His ambassadors for the Kingdom. 

Jesus is sometimes a Person of few words because He sees that sometimes only a few words are needed: “take courage, I have overcome the world.” And because He has, you can! Lean some weight into that.

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

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Betsy Roy

Director and President of Women of the Word. Professional Background - Registered Nurse Married to Jim for over 30 years. 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren.