They stood on the edge of the cliff looking over to see the dark water below. The pounding of the waves crashing against the rocks drowned out all other sounds except the intense beating in their chests. It didn’t look quite this high from the safety of their boat below,…
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ (Isaiah 41:13, NKJV) Living for God brings us many blessings and benefits. While the Christian life does not mean a problem-free life (think the apostle Paul, for example), it does…
“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day. I also, and my maidens will fast likewise, and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: …
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14, ESV) God can take us down some trails that make us feel extremely uncomfortable. It is in these times that we need to wait, be patient, and listen to what He is telling…
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8, NIV) Being called to a higher level is a compliment from the Lord.…
“Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.” Joshua 1:6
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all others.” Winston Churchill
Moses was dead. He had guided the children of Israel for many years. Of the ones who had left Egypt with him only those who had been under twenty years old still lived, except for Caleb and Joshua.
God had chosen Joshua to be the leader as the people prepared to enter the promised land. Moses had instructed him well and now God tells him to be strong and of good courage, promising that He would be with him just as He had been with Moses.
In Verse 8, God tells him that if we will do all the things that Moses had written in the law, he would be prosperous and successful. That would require courage, as they began to possess the country that God had promised them.
We may not face the enemies Joshua faced, but we must be strong and of good courage to live for God in a world which is getting more wicked every day. The Bible gives us the instructions we need, and the Holy Spirit illuminates the Word in our hearts. He is everything we need.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for your Word and for your Holy Spirit, which provides us with everything we need to live courageously.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
It’s been said that everyone has a reservoir of hidden courage that surfaces when needed. I’ve heard of ordinary people who performed heroic feats in emergencies. I’ve wondered what pushed them to abandon their fear to help others. Perhaps it begins with recognition that God is their source of courage, for He is with them.
- Prayer: Lord, give me the strength to be courageous because You are with me everywhere I go. Amen.
- Devotion by Violet Carr Moore
“And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.” (Luke 8:24-25 in the King James Version)
Like the disciples of Jesus on board a capsizing ship, we must recognize that God is the authority in our life. When you feel like you’re going to drown, call out to the Master, the captain of your soul! He can silence your fear and quiet your emotions. Take courage. Your life is in His hands.
Prayer: Mighty God, By simply saying, “Peace, be still!” all of my anxiety and raging thoughts give way to the calm reassurance of Your voice. You are my Master!
Devotion to Julie Long
Where can we go and be safe? I’ve wondered that at times. People fail us. Circumstances come avalanching through our lives, leaving us wounded, beaten and broken.
It seems that there is no one that we can count on all the time and in every situation. There is a “Friend” that will never leave us. There is One that can be trusted with our darkest secrets and greatest needs.
It is exhausting to constantly defend and protect ourselves and what we have. “Trust in the Lord,” the Psalmist said (Psalm 37:4). When we trust God, we no longer have to struggle and strain to get what we need.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we do trust You. Give us courage to trust You even more. Being vulnerable even before You is not easy. You know that. Thank You for loving us. Thank You for providing for our every need.
Devotion by Bonnie Peacock