Lent – Day 32 – Courage
Courage — The ability to pursue a task, a goal or act in defense of others, without fear, even in the face of extreme dangers and difficulties, unmoved or dissuaded by fear – strength in the face of pain or grief – bravery
We associate courage most often with heroism and warfare, with fighting a vicious opponent or of surmounting a daunting task, like climbing a high mountain, running a grueling marathon and the like. But it is a fundamental quality every believer needs just to live the walk of faith. For Israel, God exhorted them to be courageous in order to keep and do the requirements of the law.
“Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left…” Joshua 23:6
The same is true for us and indeed for the whole church throughout its history. In our present culture, as it is so heavily weighted toward, deceptions, false witness, vitriol, and violence directed toward , individual non conformist thought, self-indulgence, social-secular entertainment, technology driven means of communications and transient surface relationships we can find very little to encourage our faith or support us in the pursuit of righteous living. Indeed, most of the cultural influences we see and hear deny even the existence of God and far too many mock and deride those who openly live their faith.
Christian persecution throughout the world is higher than it’s ever been. The rise of the spirit of anti-Christ in the world as seen in groups like Isis and other Islamic terrorist groups, the general news and entertainment media, poses challenges for every believer to be on guard and to be courageous and not be intimidated or fearful concerning them. We know the source of their inspiration and it is no match for the power of the Living God.
Likewise, when we are tempted by all the hyper-sensual and lust promoting stimuli all around us, in print, in advertising, in news reporting, in dress and in the salacious speech and rhetoric of the average secularist, we must stand courageous against it, not to let it gain the rule over us, our thoughts and ultimately our actions.
When we stand courageous in the face of temptations to feed the lusts, pride, greed, avarice, anger, malice of our un-renewed minds and adulterous character of our old unredeemed nature we glorify God and bring the light of God to dispel all the darkness and all such things that rob us of life and feeds the spirit of death.
Courage in the face of daily temptations brings us to maturity and to a place of peace that passes all understanding because when we overcome struggle and resistance to reach the summit of the mountain we get to behold the breath taking panorama of creation that few will ever know. Courage comes with great challenge but results in even greater reward.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
Therefore, be strong and courageous, because God is with us.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6