Friday, October 15, 2010

An Example In Courage

It was an intense wrestling match. Now that it was over, the crowd was cheering with great enthusiasm. But he knew that it was not for him. He lost, and realized that the shouting was for his opponent. Suddenly, the arena became quiet, and the crowd focused its attention on the “Loser” and the thunderous ovation was directed toward him.

Wrestling is a difficult sport demanding strength, flexibility, courage and stamina. Only those in excellent condition ever enter the ring. But when you’re born without a left arm and your right arm is just half an arm with two fingers growing out of the “stump,” most people would consider that person a freak. Some called the “loser” a freak and said that he had no business wrestling.
Now, his career was over and the crowd was cheering wildly, standing and shouting with all of their strength. Why? He demonstrated that winning isn’t everything, courage is?

Courage is the God given force within the Christian that empowers us to face danger and hardships knowing that God is on our side, and that through Him we will be victorious. Courage gives us the confidence because “greater is He who is within us than he who is in the world?”

The Christian always has an extra resource in the Lord. “Be of good courage…for the Lord your God is with you.”

Prayer: Father, may we realize and accept by faith the fact that You are always with us, will not fail us nor forsake us and we need not be afraid. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Joshua 1:8-9

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