|"Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the LORD." -Psalm 31:24
|"We can walk without fear, full of hope and courage and strength to do His will, waiting for the endless good which He is always giving as fast as He can get us able to take it in." -George MacDonald|
keeps us from attempting—let alone accomplishing—great things? None
other than fear! No wonder the phrase "fear not" is found more than 100
times throughout the Bible. The opposite of fear is courage. But how do
you get courage if you're afraid? Unlike the Cowardly Lion, it's not
like we can follow the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and Toto to see if
a wizard will bestow courage on us.|
The psalmist tells us that there is something we can do to build our courage: hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24). There's no other starting point. It's the only thing that enabled David to face Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-51); Gideon to lead a small rag-tag army against the might Midianites (Judges 6:1-7:25); Joshua to cross the Jordan River and later conquer Jericho (Joshua 3:1-17); Peter to walk on water (Matthew 14:22-29). And it's the only thing that enables you and me to face any giants and challenges that come our way.
Is your hope in God?
Oh Lord, I do put my hope in you this day. Give me the courage and strengthen my heart so I can do something great for You. Amen.