Zechariah (Elizabeth’s husband), Mary, Jesus’ mother and the shepherds in the field were told. ‘Do not be afraid.” They all had God’s assurances.
We cower in fear at the threat of health, safety, and many issues that challenges us… What we need is courage.
I love it. Who doesn’t by the way? We all need courage to face another difficult conversation with our employer. To step into a new ministry with a genuine level of confidence. To ask someone special to the dance. To tell the family your unsettling news about the future.
Thankfully, God has not left us to ourselves. In fact, at critical junctures in our lives, he offers the assurance of His presence to bolster courage. Remember Joshua, having just stepped into the oversized sandals of the great Moses—leader of Israel? What did he need most? You got it: courage. Knowing that, God stepped in to bolster Joshua’s confidence.
Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous… This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:6-7, 9
David had it when he slung his sling (1 Samuel 17). Daniel felt it when he laughed at the lions (Daniel 6). Moses showed it when he faced Pharaoh (Exodus 5-10). And Jesus had it when He carried our sorrows. You can know its strengthening power too.
Do you need a fresh infusion of divine courage? Facing an uncertain future? Wondering how everything will work out? Feeling inadequate for the task ahead? Don’t faint. Don’t despair. The Lord promises His presence and power if you ask and trust Him. Take courage!
Lord, grant us tenacious winsome courage as we go through our lives challenges. When we are tempted to give up, help us to keep going. Grant us cheerful spirit when things don’t go our way. And give us courage to do whatever needs to be done.
In particular, our beloved nation, which is in the hands of unscrupulous authority who are plundering the nation’s wealth for their own needs.
Sway those villagers and poor people from believing them and stop inducement of money to vote for such leaders and bind such practices for the future.
We know and cry out to You that You will respond to our prayers. Our blessings, honour and praise to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.