Are heroes always brave? The usually are in the comic book world. They have to have courage to face the villain, or there wouldn’t be a story!
What about the Bible? Were all the main characters of the Bible brave? Hardly! Abraham lied about his wife Sarah for fear he’d be killed and she’d be taken from him. Moses was afraid of speaking in public. God appointed his brother to be the spokesman. And what about Joshua? He was the leader of the ancient Israelites after Moses died. He led them across the flooded Jordan River to attack Jericho and eventually conquer Canaan. But Joshua apparently lacked courage. Twice Moses told him to be courageous as he prepared Joshua to lead God’s people. Then, as the new leader, God appeared to Joshua and challenged him three times to be courageous. Listen to the final charge in Joshua 1:9, “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.”(NIV)
Are you sometimes timid about your faith in Jesus? Are you hesitant to speak up about him? Don’t feel bad! Joshua also lacked courage. Like him, we can find our courage because God is with us. As Jesus promised in Matthew 28: 20, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”(NIV)
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