Courage/Trust – Having the strength to do what is right because God is with you all of the time
Joshua 1:9: Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
This past weekend, our church held their annual missions conference. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of the supported missionaries (both in the US and international) to share with the congregation the ways in which God is using their mercy and service ministries to reach and care for those in need of the Gospel.
As I listened to their incredibly moving stories, the one thing that stood out to me was the remarkable courage that they all humbly possessed! It was courage that allowed them to step outside of their comfort zone in order to fulfill a calling to reach the forgotten. It was courage that, in many cases, they did not even know they had...until through God’s perfect timing the circumstances revealed it.
I don’t know about you but I want that kind of courage! I want to stand strong – to not be dismayed – knowing that God is with me wherever I go! The good news is that we don’t have to be called to the mission field to find or display courage. God provides opportunity after opportunity for us in our daily lives to demonstrate our trust in Him.
In Joshua 1:9, Joshua is exhorted to be strong and courageous by the Angel of the Lord. But that is not the only time Joshua is told, verses 6 and 7 also begin with “Be strong and courageous” – 3 times in 4 verses – it must be important! The Israelites were about to face a big task and these words were the reminders they needed to hear!
In what areas of life are you personally needing courage and trust? Is there an especially trying circumstance where doing the right thing may require more courage or trust than you think you possess? Don’t be dismayed! God encourages us to be strong and courageous because He is faithful to us! He is with us wherever we go!
Call to Action
As parents (and teachers), we have daily opportunities to teach our children about courage and trust! When children are scared or uncertain, these are the times they especially need a parent’s (or teacher’s) love to envelop them in order to reassure them that everything will be okay! Isn’t that a beautiful picture of what God does for His people? In our weakest moments, moments of fear and uncertainty, He wraps His loving arms around us!
If we want our children to be courageous and to place their trust in Him, we need to take the time to be there for them and to encourage them with the same words that reassured Joshua! “Be strong and Courageous! Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”