Courage….we all imagine we have it. We all think that if we were ever cornered, courage would be no problem. But what makes us courageous?
How many times does God tell us in His Word to “take courage” or “be strong and of good courage?” In the KJV, the word “courage” is listed 20 times, “courageous” is listed 5 times. When God repeats something, He means it and is trying to get His point across. We obviously don’t learn the first time something is said. It has to be repeated.
Deut 31:6 “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”
I’ve often heard that parenting is not for wimps and getting old is not for sissies.
I found myself in a situation that required courage this week when I had to confront one of my grown children about a lifestyle choice she was making that was against Scripture. It was not something I really wanted to do but God kept convicting me about it in His Word. The enemy kept telling me that she knew what she was doing was wrong and I didn’t need to say anything. Wrong.
Remember the high priest in the Old Testament, Eli, whose sons were wicked men? Yet Eli did not reprove them or remove them from their posts as priests of God. God judged them and as soon as Eli learned of their death, he died, too.
It is my responsibility to show her the truth, even if it hurts. Eternity depends on it.
What is amazing is how bold we can be if we allow God to give us the strength, courage and boldness we need to do what is right. Doing the right thing takes courage and in the coming times, we will need to all take a stand against injustice and stand up for our faith.