Be Strong and Courageous
Have you ever been faced with a decision or situation that required more courage than you believed you had? Perhaps, you were told about a physical issue that caught you unaware or a situation with your family or job you never thought you'd have to face.
Sometimes, even when you know it's a right decision, it can often take all your strength and faith, to gather up enough courage to actually follow through with your decision and to trust God will be with you through it all.
Timing is important and while it's good to weigh the outcome or consequences of our decision with wisdom - there still comes a point when we stop dwelling on our own well-being and place God’s purposes above our own security.
Queen Esther is a perfect example of strength and courage, mixed with wisdom and trust in God. Her position as queen did not change her family history or the fact she was a God-fearing Jew. Perhaps, with her busy duties as queen, she had lost sight of what was about to happen to her people, until Mordecai reminded her.
Esther was no stranger to disappointment and loss. However, she had a godly mentor who helped guide her through those times and would continue to prepare her for new challenges that would eventually affect an entire nation.
A few weeks ago I began to teach a study called You Make Me Brave, in light of all that our nation and those around us have encountered. The Word of God is filled with scripture about standing up for truth and being brave in the face of any enemy.
Whether that enemy is within us, such as fear, sickness, or depression, or a visible human intruder who seeks to do us harm - God has promised He will be with us and never leave us.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.