Think of a time when you were less than courageous. That sounds so mighty doesn't it? Think of a time when you were down right scared and couldn't make a move if you wanted to. That's more like it, right? We tend to overstate our strength as Christ followers. We find ourselves repeating phrases like "trust in the Lord," and "He will see you through it" as if they were lines in a recipe for mom's apple pie. The reality is that we all face times when we are afraid.
Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness because of fear. They failed to recognize that God was more powerful than anything they might face. What do you believe about the power of God? How does what you believe change your actions?
Spend some time today reflecting on circumstances of your life and what it means to be strong and courageous.
Now consider your children or grandchildren. How will you teach them to be strong and courageous in the midst of suffering? Will you teach them to act in the power of Christ?