Day 1 on Courage – Fresh Courage Take
If there was ever a season in which we need courage, we certainly need it now! God wants his people to rise up in the face of all the challenges we face and be Christ followers who are marked by a courageous spirit.
The dictionary defines courage as the “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.”
From a Christian perspective, courage is an exercise of faith. Courage is the ability to be, say, and do all that God wants.
Jesus, for example, anticipated and predicted his death. That took courage.
Jesus essentially told his disciples: “My life mission as the Messiah is to suffer and die – actually to be crucified – in order to save people from their sins and give my life as a ransom for many.
“That’s God’s plan and strategy. I agree with it. I submit to it. It’s going to happen. That’s why I’m on the way to Jerusalem.
“In Jerusalem I will be betrayed, tried, convicted, condemned, and executed. That may sound like bad news to you. But it’s really good news by which all can be saved. But the best news of all is that I will rise from the dead.” (See Matthew 20:17-19.)
Jesus was that specific! It took courage, not only to anticipate being crucified, but also to face head-on all the terrors and pains associated with it.
God’s people are often called to rise to the challenge before them.
Before entering the Promised Land, God’s people were commanded: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
In leading God’s people, Joshua was directed: “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them” (Joshua 1:6).
In building the temple, Solomon was challenged: “Be strong and courageous, and do the work,” for God himself would stand by him in completing this massive project (1 Chronicles 28:20).
In considering how God moves in mysterious ways, William Cowper poetically wrote, “You fearful saints, fresh courage take. The clouds you so much dread, Are big with mercy, and will break, In blessings on your head.”
Action Step: In this new devotional series on courage, let us all “fresh courage take”.
~ Pastor Dave