Courage: That quality of mind or spirit enabling one to meet danger or opposition with fearlessness. Courageous: Brave; daring. (adjective)
Devotion for Courage
When one thinks of courage, big, strong men usually come to mind. Sometimes, courage requires bold, fearless strength, which is usually associated with men. Let’s face it; they are the stronger sex. However, courage is something that can be demonstrated in many other ways besides brute strength.
Children need courage when they’ve done something wrong and they need to tell their parents about it. They have the option to lie or face the consequences. As a parent, I can tell you that things went much better for my children, if they simply told the truth. If a parent has punished or accused their child wrongly, they need to have the courage to go to their child and ask for forgiveness. Daddy’s become a hero in their children’s eyes, when they take them in their arms and say, “I’m sorry.”
It takes courage to stand up for what we believe. Where was our nation’s courage when people voted to remove the bible and prayer from our schools? How did legal abortion become a right? What do you do when you boss takes you aside and says, “I need you to doctor the books just a little.” How do you react when your child insists that her teacher, who is well known and respected, is mistreating her?
All these questions require courage and strength of character to tackle. Where do we get the kind of courage we need? Hopefully, while we are young, our parents begin to instill honesty, courage and a brave heart in us. Nevertheless, childhood is just a small part of our life. What can we do if our parents didn’t instill these qualities in us? Where can we go to get them? Who can help us, if we find that we are lacking the courage and the integrity to do the right thing?
The good news is we can go to God. The scriptures, written below, let us know how important courage is to God. He is continually telling Joshua to be brave and courageous. I believe that courage is simply putting our trust in God and believing that he will help us. God will give us the courage we need to do the right thing. He’s given us the armor we need for any battle: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. In addition, he gave us the power of prayer, to call on him for all our needs. Each piece of the armor covers a specific part of the body. The belt of truth covers the waist and the internal organs. The breastplate of righteousness protects the back and the heart. The gospel of peace protects the feet and legs. We can move the shield of faith around to protect any part of the body. The helmet of salvation protects the head. The word of God protects us physically, spiritually and mentally. The armor of God has us protected head to toe. What more could we need? So, let us go in courage; let us face things head on; let us fear not for God is a very present help in time of need.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.”
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
II Samuel 10:12
“Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.”
I Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
The Lord is my light and my salvation..…whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life..…of whom shall I be afraid?
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind; be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.