I RECALL THE FIRST TIME I watched the children's classic movie The Wizard of Oz. I was spellbound by the music and the enchanting way in which the simple themes of family, valuing home, and celebrating individual differences were on display.
I RECALL THE FIRST TIME I watched the children's classic movie The Wizard
of Oz. I was spellbound by the music and the enchanting way in which the
simple themes of family, valuing home, and celebrating individual
differences were on display. But perhaps the most hilarious character of
all was the lion—the bumbling, wimp of a cat, who cowered in fear at the
smallest threat. What he needed was 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 trust Him. Take courage!