Friends, do our lives reflect rebellion or radical courage? We’re wrapping up our mini-series on courage, so if you missed the first three parts, check them out here:
- Taking a Stand in a Messed up World: Rebellion or Courage?
- Living in a Messed up World: Reacting in Foolishness or Responding in Wisdom?
- Radical Courage in a Messed up World
Our English word for “courage” comes from the Latin cor, meaning “heart.” Perhaps that’s why there are multiple references in Scripture to “take heart.” We actually encourage one another with such words. Though discouragement can take away a person’s courage, encouragement moves us all toward courage!
Take a look at 1 Samuel 30:6:
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
What was happening in David’s life that made him so distressed? What did David do to strengthen himself in the midst of that trial and hardship?
Indeed, the Lord is our strength, and will restore our courage when we lack it, or are discouraged.
Likewise, you can impart courage to others as well! Sometimes it takes only our presence! Check out Numbers 32:6-7 as an example.
Courage is also contagious! When one takes a stand, it is easier for other to join or do likewise. Seeing Christians taking stands in civil society to protect our God-given rights, and to protect children has been a blessing. True, there is still too little of it, but there are those willing to step out, speak up and stand strong for things that are right…even if it means ridicule in return.
Are there Godly principles you feel strongly about, and that are coming under attack? Be strong and courageous! We’re not calling for rebellion, but for radical courage. The kind of courage that stands in the face of opposition and says, “I’m going to do what is right, regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.”
David was radically courageous. Daniel was radically courageous. Esther was radically courageous. Who do you know personally that has been radically courageous? Let’s get radical with them, then watch to see how God uses it!