TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
WHY HAVE COURAGE?Deuteronomy 31:6
‘Be strong and of good courage...’ Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJ
Ever have situations where courage just comes naturally to you? Maybe you’ve been gearing yourself up to ask that boy/girl out for weeks, and when the moment arrives, this burst of bravery comes from nowhere. Or when you know you’ll be late for class/work the next day, but you still pluck up the nerve to watch that last disc of Battlestar Galactica at 2am... Perhaps not, but the point is, when there might be a great outcome to a situation, you’re more likely to take heart and go for it.
It’s the same with the amazing things the disciples did in the book of Acts. How on earth would they have found the motivation to preach in openly hostile crowds, face prison, beatings, and rejection from their families? Obviously they knew that Jesus had their back. But it must be more than that - what motivated them in the first place? Here’s the core of the matter, and it’s a biggie. They knew that having the courage to do great, faith-inspired things would draw them so much nearer to Him – their friend and companion, the God of the universe – in relationship, and they were so moved to step out for Him that all other things faded in comparison. Wanting to honour God, and wanting to get closer to Him in relationship were things so precious to them that they would do anything short of sin to gain them. There’s no other reason for courage in the Christian walk than these.
God’s both behind us and before us – He’s set us free so that we can have the courage to go to Him, and He stands ahead beckoning us towards Him in glorious relationship. Let’s pluck up the nerve to take a risk for Him. Trusting in Him to come through for us, and then seeing Him do so, is a deep and satisfying interaction with God, like nothing else.
Having courage and faith is pointless without anchoring it in Jesus – engaging in relationship is the point of all this. If that’s not something you’ve done yet, you know what you need to do!