Strong and Courageous
Have you ever been dismayed? This word means to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly. With all of the challenges that we face every day, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, stressed out and discouraged. It’s no wonder more people than ever are turning to drugs or alcohol to find relief!
There is the story in the Bible of a young man named Joshua who was chosen to lead God’s people into the Promised Land. His predecessor Moses was dead, and now the full burden of leadership was upon Joshua’s shoulders. As the Lord was preparing Joshua for this leadership task, he spoke these powerful words to him:
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).
“Be strong and of good courage.” This is the opposite of being dismayed. Courage is the quality of spirit that enables us to face difficulty or danger without fear. But how can we be courageous with all of the problems we face? We need to be encouraged by God.
“Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed.” How can we keep from being afraid, with all of the wars and financial troubles and economic crises around us? Because of this amazing promise God has given us: “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I don’t have to be afraid because I know God is always with me.
Pastor Chris Jordan