The Call to Courage

The Call to Courage

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When we face hardship, we often try to drum up boldness or talk ourselves into bravery. God, however, is the one who renews our faith. He will be with us. And His presence calls us to courage.

What causes your heart to tremble in fear? How can you seek God’s presence and power in moving toward courage?

Among a display of male statues (Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, and others) in London’s Parliament Square, stands a lone statue of a woman. The solitary woman is Millicent Fawcett, who fought for the right of women to vote. She’s immortalized in bronze—holding a banner displaying words she offered in a tribute to a fellow suffragist: “Courage calls to courage everywhere.” Fawcett insisted that one person’s courage emboldens others—calling timid souls into action.

As David prepared to hand his throne over to his son Solomon, he explained the responsibilities that would soon rest heavy on his shoulders. It’s likely Solomon quivered under the weight of what he faced: leading Israel to follow all God’s instructions, guarding the land God had entrusted to them, and overseeing the monumental task of building the temple (1 Chronicles 28:8–10).

Knowing Solomon’s trembling heart, David offered his son powerful words: “Be strong and courageous… Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you” (v. 20). Real courage would never arise from Solomon’s own skill or confidence but rather from relying on God’s presence and strength. God provided the courage Solomon needed.

God, we're often faced with challenges that strike fear in us. For some, fear of failure or looking bad can hold them back from moving forward in the direction you are leading, others rely on their own ability to overcome any challenge and don't trust You to lead. Whatever we may be facing today, we pray that You would give us the courage and the humility to follow You, trusting that You will make the way. Thank You Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

“Be strong and courageous." 1 Chronicles 28:20

Today's Scripture: 1 Chronicles 28:8-10

Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 28–29; John 9:24–41
Reference : Our Daily Bread By Winn Collier
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