Word of encouragement: Courage

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Courage emanates from absolute trust in God .One takes a concerted decision not to lean on self but totally depend on God.

This does not portray zero trouble but it's ability to triumph in the midst of danger for you have a distinct knowledge of the severity of the situation at hand and you face it for you are adamant that whatever circumstances you face God will never forsake you.

In the book of Joshua, God put Joshua in charge immediately after the death of Moses. Joshua had competencies to lead the people as he had obediently worked with Moses for a longtime but he faced challenges. He had to lead Israelites through Jordan to Promised land and break the walls of Jericho to get to that land .Joshua was mourning the death of his mentor and leader whom I believe he regarded as a father, yet he had to lead the people as God commanded.

Joshua faced two giants, crossing the river and to break the walls of Jericho. Joshua could not do this alone, he needed courage and God confirmed it in Joshua 1: 6-8, ‘Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and courageous’ the word courage was said three times in verses (6-9). God does not repeat Himself for no reason.

Joshua knew the task he had to undertake, how difficult it is and the danger it entails and He was assured God protection, all he needed was courage.

The principle of courage is also presented in 1 Chronicles 28:20, when David encouraged his son Solomon whom God chose to lead & build His house. David noted, ‘be strong and courageous, and do it , fear not , be not dismayed , for the Lord God, my God is with you, He will not fail or forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord’.

Like Joshua, Solomon was chosen by God to lead His people, the task was mammoth and he was fully aware of that, God assured Solomon His unlimited protection and he was required to have courage.

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