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Take Courage!

No matter what century we live in, Christians need the comforting reminder of God’s sovereign care. I’ve found the message below an encouraging reminder and I hope you will as well. Although written more than a century and a half ago, the words are so relevant to the trials we are facing today.

It is I

“Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” (Mark 6:50)

It is I who formed you in the womb, and brought you forth into your present existence.

It is I, the Lord your God, who has fed you, and clothed you from that hour up to the present moment.

It is I, the Lord your God, who has preserved you on every side.

When you were upon a sick bed, it was I, the Lord your God, who visited your soul, raised up your body, and gave you that measure of health which you do now enjoy.

It is I, the Lord your God, who placed you in the situation of life which you do now occupy.

It is I, the Lord your God . . . who deals out to you every trial, who allots you every affliction, who brings upon you every cross, who works in you everything according to My own good pleasure.

When we can thus believe that the Lord our God is about our bed and our path, and spying out all our ways; when we can look up to Him, and feel that He is the Lord our God, there is no feeling . . . more sweet, more blessed, more heavenly!

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

By J. C. Philpot, Providence Chapel, London, 1849

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