Take Heart – I Have Overcome the World!

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” – Psalm 107:29 

You have probably already figured out that life is not free of challenges. Difficulties, pain in relationships, and even tragedies are part of every day life. As a matter of fact, Jesus told His disciples, “Take courage. There are many storms in this life.” (Here’s the good part…my emphasis added). “But take heart, I have overcome the world.” Wow. Now, that’s a scripture to hang your hat on!

Whenever you face a storm, your first urge may be to scream, “Why?” Certain storms do come into our lives because of our own sin, but many challenges occur when we’re right in the middle of God’s will. We’re not doing anything wrong. We’re doing what God wants us to do. Certainly, that was the case for the disciples. Jesus told them to get into the boat and row across the Sea of Galilee. They were obeying Jesus when they suddenly found themselves in a horrific storm. It was so bad, they didn’t even know if they would survive. But here is the important message from that event – they did survive. With the help of Jesus, they survived.

Accept the fact that your life will not be a perfectly smooth ride. Trust me on this. The road will sometimes have bumps and potholes and sharp turns. All roads do. Look upon these tragedies and difficulties as part of life. Turn to Jesus for guidance, and He will be beside you as you ride out your storms.


Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

It’s hard to explain when someone’s life has been cut short, dying at a relatively young age. We expected that person to live a much longer life. But who is to say that it wasn’t his or her appointed time to go? Who is to say that it wasn’t the exact length of life that God had preordained for that man or woman from the very beginning?

In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul says of King David, “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors” (Acts 13:36, NIV).

David, great a man as he may have been, served God’s purpose in his own generation and then was taken off the scene.

That is why we want to make every day count. To paraphrase the words of Moses in Psalm 90:12, “Lord, help us to realize our lives can end on any day, so please show us how to use each day wisely.”

We don’t know when our day will come. We don’t know when we will have “served God’s purpose in our own generation.” When God calls you home, you’re going home! You can live on vitamin C, zinc etc. You can drink green tea, eat tofu, and avoid all the toxins you can, but when your number is up, your number is up.

On the other hand, you will be around until God is done with you. You won’t go before your time. You may or may not be the healthiest person, but you will live to the time that God has appointed for you—and worrying about it won’t extend your life for one moment.

At the same time, however, we aren’t to take foolish risks and “put the Lord to the test.” We can be assured that we are here until God is done with us. As the apostle Paul said, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). So let’s make the most of the lives God has given us. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”