CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: During inner struggle, seek outer strength

By Chaplain (Capt.) Zuleika Carrion Caraballo, 1-81 Armor Battalion Chaplain

I recently read a story about a grandfather who told his grandson about the battle within.

“The battle is between two wolfs inside of us,” said the grandfather. “One is evil – anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego. The other one is good – is happiness, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith and COURAGE!”

The child thought for a moment and then asked his Grandpa.

“Which wolf wins?”

“The one that you feed,” said the grandfather.

According to the Bible, Moses sent 12 men to spy out the land of Canaan in order to conquer it (Numbers 13). When they returned from this mission, 10 men warned they should not go in. Their assessment was, “If we enter we’ll encounter a lot of opposition, people are very strong and powerful. The walls are very large.”

The remaining two men had a different view. Caleb in particular counseled, “Let us go up at once, and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it” (13:30). They had conviction and were eager to take possession, regardless of the enemy. Because they trusted God, they had courage and strength. Courage is more than bravery in the face of danger. It involves a total surrender to God.

You have a mission in life. What does God have for you? What does God want you to do? Maybe to be a more compassionate person: caring for and loving others.

When we serve the Lord and fulfill God’s purpose, I guarantee that you will have opposition. Caleb was presented with barriers. What barriers do you face that you cannot fulfill your mission or responsibilities? You’re probably tired or do not have the time, maybe you do not have enough support. The barriers must be removed. You must have conviction and trust God with all your heart.

“Decide what is right and act on that decision,” said Danny Lotz, son-in-law of evangelist Billy Graham.

This is what Caleb did. He followed and served the Lord faithfully with all his heart. We will only accomplish our goals if we go forward believing in God, because He will be with us.

No matter the struggle, adversity, or dark night you are going through the Lord knows your future, and right now He tells you to not fear and to be courageous, that He will “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

You will have a glorious future because in God all things are made new. There is a new day, a new dawn. Not only can you overcome, but you can be more than a conqueror.

Do not quit, believe in God and be courageous!

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