“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I remember when I was a young person in the youth group, we had a gathering at a friends house. This was around the time when the cinnamon challenge was really popular. The cinnamon challenge was basically a dare to eat a spoonful of just cinnamon. It was absolutely disgusting and actually unsafe.
But we were teens and wanted a good laugh.
The first young guy took a spoonful and instantly spit it out in one big puff of cinnamon. The next guy put the spoon in his mouth and then proceeded to lose his stomach contents all over the driveway. I was too afraid to do the challenge myself and I’m thankful for that fear to this day!
There is fear that is healthy, and it is to protect you from danger. Then there is fear that the enemy uses to keep you from God and His promises.
I struggle with being brave. My first instinct is to cower until the threat has passed and then crawl out to see the damage that has been done. But God has commanded us in this scripture to be strong and courageous.
We can face whatever life throws our way, because He is always with us! We don’t have to be discouraged, for He is always walking with us, no matter the season or circumstance.
Face your day today with confidence that you can be brave because God is always with you.
Jesus, I’m thankful that I can be brave through You. You make me strong and I know that You are always fighting for me.