Whenever I think of the word ‘courage’ it conjures up a picture of a huge lion with a massive mane.
The reason I see this picture is because it speaks of strength and I believe there is strength in courage, and it takes great strength to be courageous.
The dictionary defines courage as “the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery, strength in the face of pain or grief.”
I found my thoughts turning to scripture:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
When God called Joshua into ministry He told him to be courageous, which I find a little strange given the fact that Joshua had shown great courage in his life.
When God’s people were wandering in the wilderness it was Joshua who fought Amalek and defeated their enemy with just a few untrained men. He and Caleb trusted Gods promises about the land and had the courage to believe that they could take the land of Canaan.
Joshua had shown God that he was a brave and courageous follower of the Lord.
So why do we find God telling Joshua to be courageous when he had already displayed great courage on other occasions?
He was about to face a new challenge and he needed to be reminded that his strength and courage came from the Lord.
We cannot live on past experiences.
New courage is needed for each new task God asks of us.
We face challenges every day, some of which require us to show courage.
That bad news that comes through the door regarding our health, or the grief of losing a loved one, all require us to be courageous as we face an unknown future.
It takes courage to live in these days in which we find ourselves, with the uncertainty of Brexit and not having much confidence in the government leading our Country.
As God said to Joshua, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, I the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
As I started off by thinking of a Lion, Jesus himself said He is the Lion of Judah. He roars and we need never fear what life may throw at us, because He fights for us.
We need not be afraid, but can take courage that the Lord our God is with us wherever we go and that He will never leave us or forsake us.
If you are lacking in courage or facing a new task, be assured He who called you will equip you.
He is your strength and He will give you the courage to face whatever is roaring at you today.