The dictionary defines courage this way: the ability to face and deal with a dangerous or difficult situation. There are two parts- first to face, and then to deal with. Think about the definition!! I would like to ask you a question- “How much courage do you have?” Would your friends call you a courageous person?
It is interesting to think about the images of courage. Most of the popular images of courage have to do with men fighting on a battlefield. I don’t deny or doubt this but if this all which courage means, then most of us are left out because as most of us won’t ever literally be on a battlefield.
I have been pondering about the many faces of courage and this is what comes to my mind- well, it may be a family dealing with terminal cancer, a single mother struggling to raise her family, a widow who faces the last years of her life without her beloved husband by her side, a child of divorce who is struggling with his self- image, with doubt, anger and feelings of rejection, a man struggling with Alzheimer’s disease or finally a newly parents come to know that their newborn baby is suffering from autism.
What all do those above things have in common in connection with courage? I believe Four things-
1). Bravery in the face of danger.
2). Steadfastness in the face of opposition.
3). Action in the face of resistance.
4). Optimism in the face of despair.
The first one says I won’t be afraid. The second one says I won’t give up. The third one says I won’t be intimidated and the fourth one says I won’t lose heart. It’s amazing to see how much the Bible has to say on the subject of courage. The theologians have counted the word “Fear Not” in the bible amounts to 365 ie, God is telling us that there is one fear not for every day of the year. Friends, the Word of God encourages us in Joshua 1:9 which says, “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.”
Friends, remember this that in Christ you are strong, victorious, accepted, justified, redeemed, saved and completely forgiven. If today you are in some difficult situations and fear is hovering in your heart then I would strongly suggest that you put the word of God in one ear, and the fear will go out the other ear.