Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
I often wonder if I am displaying courage as a Christian. Is there a confidence in the midst of adversity? Am I willing to speak the truth or just go along to get along?
I have a brother in Christ whose courage was recently tested at his job. A controversial procedure was taking place that goes against his beliefs as a Christian. He had to decide whether to give in and go along or take a stand. He stood and God blessed that courage.
In the book of Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego stood up to Nebuchadnezzar, they would not bow to the King’s golden image. Though they were thrown into the fiery furnace, God blessed their obedience and courage, and saved them. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den for staying true to God, but because of his courage in the face of opposition, God rescued him. All of them stood not on their own power but through the power of Christ.
Courage isn’t confined to the Old Testament. Jesus mentions it in the Gospels as well. John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” In Acts 4 Peter and John are arrested and told not to preach Gospel, yet even after being imprisoned continued to preach the gospel. Why? Because they knew that to do otherwise went against the command of Christ. Countless other New Testament scriptures back this up (Ephesians 6:10; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Corinthians 16:13 and many others).
So how do we use these commands of scripture and examples to help us be courageous? It can be summed up by prayer, scripture, and proclamation. Pray for the opportunity to be courageous in the Lord; diligently spent time in the scriptures – for this is how God equips us; and proclaim the Truth at every opportunity.
What are some ways that God has called you to step out in courage?