Courage and the Voice of Truth

Dear Jack,

Lately it seems I’ve been really wrestling with my ability to completely trust in, and find courage in, God – manifested mostly in small ways.  The most notable example is a lack of courage in doing some needed prospecting calls for work.  I’ve seemed to lose some previously claimed territory in this ongoing battle, and it was shocking to me because I didn’t even realize the territory was being attacked.  I was doing some studying in Psalm 24 this morning, which is about the Lord being the King of Glory, and is quite a title when you take several minutes to contemplate those two words together.

Later this morning a familiar song came on the radio, one I’ve heard countless times, but really found meaningful this time around.  It’s Casting Crowns’ “Voice of Truth.”  Rather than paraphrase, I’ll just include the whole song here.

Oh, what I would do to have
the kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown
Where Jesus is,
And he’s holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name
and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
time and time again
“Boy, you’ll never win,
You you’ll never win

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says “do not be afraid!”
and the Voice of truth says “this is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

Oh, what I would do
to have the kind of strength it takes
To stand before a giant
with just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound
of a thousand warriors
shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out
my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
time and time again
“Boy you’ll never win,
you’ll never win.”

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says “do not be afraid!”
and the Voice of truth says “this is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

But the stone was just the right size
to put the giant on the ground
and the waves they don’t seem so high
from on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
when I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
singing over me

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
The Voice of truth says “do not be afraid!”
And the Voice of truth says “this is for my glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me (calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe (I will choose to listen and believe)
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the Voice of truth
I will listen and believe
‘Cause Jesus you are the Voice of truth
And I will listen to you.. oh you are the Voice of truth

The bottom line is this: we have countless reasons everyday not to do things things that we should.  Our own mind, our peers, and this world will provide any excuse we need not to do certain tasks.  For me in life, right now, these include making my prospecting calls.  I believe strongly in the value of what we do as a financial planning firm, the value we can provide to clients, the training in stewardship from a holistic perspective … and yet I get discouraged when bringing this message to prospective clients.  The more I wrestle with it, the more I believe the discouragement comes from the world, for God never wants us to make decisions based on fear or anxiety.  It shows a lack of faith in Him.  It shows that we don’t truly believe he is the King of Glory.

This letter, perhaps more than others, is a self pep-talk to myself, but I hope you find value in it whatever task or job you need encouragement to do this day, Jack.  Till next time.

Sincerely,
J.

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