Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For the Lord your God is the one who will go with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It’s up to you to turn to God for courage.”
This morning I want to revisit our thought from yesterday about having the courage to stand your ground. Throughout history it has always been the case that God’s people have been faced with adversity and opposition from the surrounding culture. And it has always been true that God’s people needed to turn to him for the courage they needed to face that opposition.
In Deuteronomy 31:6 we’re reading part of Moses’ farewell speech to the nation of Israel. He was about to die, and they were about to cross the Jordan River to take possession of the Promised Land. When they did, they were going to have to face their enemies and they were going to have to trust God, drawing courage from Him to go forward and do what they needed to do. Once before, forty years earlier, they had been faced with the same situation and they had failed. At that time they did not trust God and they did not turn to Him for the courage they needed in order to deal with the challenge. And so, they wandered in the wilderness for forty years.
There has never been a time when God’s people did not face opposition and challenges. The nature of the opposition and challenges do change, but the need for courage and trust is the same. We need to look to the Lord and trust that He is leading us in the way He wants us to go. We also need to remember that as Christians helping to build our Father’s kingdom on earth, our cause is noble and right and just.
In his great little book “Make Your Bed”, retired Four Star Navy Admiral and SEAL William McRaven made a great statement about the value of courage:
“Our goal, which we believed to be honorable and noble, gave us courage, and courage is a remarkable quality. Nothing and nobody can stand in your way. Without it, others will define your path forward. Without it, you are at the mercy of life’s temptations. Without courage, men will be ruled by tyrants and despots. Without courage, no great society can flourish. Without courage, the bullies of the world rise up. With it, you can accomplish any goal. With it, you can defy and defeat evil.”
I encourage you to remember that the Lord your God is with you and He goes before you. He will not leave you and He will not abandon you. Therefore there is no need to be afraid.