Everyone grows up wanting to be a hero….wanting to make an impact on the world. I know I did.
But, that takes courage.
Courage (kərij): mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
There’s a difference between being courageous when faced with physical danger and having courageous character. One demands courage for a moment, the other a lifetime.
In the face of physical dangers in various parts of the world, public ridicule, and going against cultural norms; we can see that courage in the life of a Christian is needed more than ever before.
And then there’s battling that internal voice that we’ve all heard that says, “There’s no way, It’s not realistic, You could never do that, How could we afford that?”
Check out this snapshot of biblical courage as Joshua takes over the leadership of Israel after Moses has died.
Joshua 1:5–7 (ESV)
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.”
Three times God tells Joshua, “Be Strong and Courageous.” Apparently this is something Joshua needed to hear. But why? He had already led the people in to battle countless times as their military leader.
The answer may be found in who Joshua was following: Moses. Listen to how Moses leadership is summed after He died:
Deuteronomy 34:10–12 (ESV)
10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.
How would you like to follow that act?
When I came to Radiant Church all I heard for the first 6 months was what an amazing leader the founding pastor was. He seemed to be a legend of biblical and mythical proportions! When I first met him I wanted to ask him if he could indeed walk on water!
The fact is there can be a ton of internal pressure when following a good leader. It also doesn’t help that we tend to think that God is only with others that have more spiritual charisma, talent, intelligence, or that he’s just with spiritual leaders.
Joshua was no different. He needed the encouragement that just as God was with Moses, God was with Him.
Which brings us to this truth: Godly courage is not the result of a position or title, but of faith.
If you’ve put your faith in Jesus Christ as the savior and leader of your life…….God is with you.
Stand up. Be Bold. Be Strong and Courageous!
What courageous move is God calling you to make? Share below!