How to be Courageous When Life Gets Dangerous
by Noah Hefley
February 23, 2019
I heard a story about a man who bragged that he had cut off the tail of a man-eating lion with his pocketknife. Someone asked him why he hadn’t cut off the lion’s head. The man said, “Because someone else had already done that.”
Some things may not be too hard in life. But other things take real courage! It is for these things that God promises His children the grace to move forward boldly and face them with strength and courage.
Joshua and the Hebrews stood on the bank of the Jordan River and the challenge of conquering the Promised Land must have been frightening and threatening. So God commanded them: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
The real reason why we can face our greatest challenges with confidence is not because we are unusually strong or naturally courageous but because of God’s gracious promise: “I will be with you wherever you go.” That’s good for us to know! It doesn’t matter who we are in life or how blessed we may appear to be. Even still, we will all have experiences in our future and challenges in our life where we are going to need to know the Lord is by our side.
As I said this past Sunday-we have God’s promise and it means this:
When there is a journey you must take and you don’t know where it’s going – like Abraham – God will walk with you every step of the way.
When dangerous winds blow around you and the earth shakes beneath you – like Elijah – you will hear, in time, the reassuring gentle whisper of God within you, and it will be just the word you need to hear.
When you go through the fire – like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – your God will stand beside you and that will make all the difference in the world.
When you travel through stormy seas on the darkest night – like the disciples on the Sea of Galilee – you will see the Lord of the Storm come to you and calm you.
Even when you travel through the valley of the shadow of death – as we all must do – your Shepherd will be with you. His rod and staff will comfort you. Then you will know that God is your helper!
If the truth be known, and surely we should be honest here, we may all be fearful and anxious in heart initially as we face our biggest giants in life. But still we can learn to be courageous when life gets dangerous. And the reason why is because we discover: “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid…” (Hebrews 13:6).
So what’s around the bend for you? Could it be a mountain to climb…burden to carry…battle to fight…journey to take? You may not know, but here is what you should do: Trust the Lord for He is your help and the One who gives you strength!
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