Today's Devotional Thought
July 05, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
Be Strong & Courageous
Would you consider yourself a courageous person? What is courage? Where does your courage come from?
Courage is defined as “the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Notice that it is not the absence of fear or doubt. It is the ability to withstand it. To persevere.
I love when courage is mentioned in the Bible. In Deuteronomy 31:6, we see “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." Similarly, in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." And, in Chronicles 22:13, “Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”
When courage is mentioned, so is strength. And, one thing you also see is the presence of God. Our ability to withstand danger, fear, or difficulty comes from the Lord. And these urgings to be strong and courageous also came from the Lord. In fact, God told Joshua to be strong and courageous as he led the Israelites into the Promised Land. God knew what was ahead and that there would be difficulties that would require perseverance and the ability to withstand. God told Joshua to be strong and courageous and he told him how he could be strong: by knowing that God goes with him into this new land. Courage comes from the Lord. And, discouragement (being stripped of our courage) does not come from God, but rather comes from Satan. As we see in II Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
The next time you feel fear or doubt in the face of a difficult situation, do not let Satan discourage you or take away your strength or perseverance. Be strong and have confidence in your ability to withstand because the LORD your God goes with you. Friends, life is hard and requires perseverance. And, you may not have confidence in your own ability to withstand the difficulty, but do you have confidence in God’s ability to withstand it?
Draw your courage from the One who can withstand and overcome any danger or difficulty. Get your courage from Him and do not let Satan dis-courage you. Be strong and courageous today my friend because God is with you wherever you go.