Be Strong and VERY Courageous

“You make me brave, You make me brave. You call me out beyond the shore into the waves. You make me brave. You make me brave. No fear can hinder now the love that made a way.”

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Joshua chapter 1. Moses has just died on top of the mountain, leaving Joshua the gargantuan task of taking command and leading an entire nation in to Canaan to claim their new land. 

Four times in that one chapter God commands Joshua “be strong and very courageous” because God Himself goes before them and will never leave them. 

Joshua was about to be called upon to lead armies to attack Jericho, to establish God’s nation and God’s people in a land occupied by evil peoples. He knew this, and he was surely afraid. 

But I’m not called to go conquer nations like Joshua. 

So does that mean I don’t need courage? Does that mean I’m not called upon to be brave? And does that mean my bravery is any less than that of say Joshua?

God calls different people to different things. 

I remember painfully deliberating an important decision during my junior year of high school and not seeming to have any indication of which choice was right. I remember lamenting to my mentor about my options. One that seemed hard and difficult, while the other seemed like the choice I would enjoy more, “but I don’t just want to pick the easy way out” I told her. 

Her answer was simple and to-the-point, “Just because it’s the hardest thing, doesn’t mean it’s God’s will”

Wow. 

Does God call us to do hard things?

Yes. 

But just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s God’s will. 

God provides the strength and faith I need to fulfill the purposes that He has planned out for me. Not the strength Joshua needed to command armies. Not the faith that Peter needed to walk on water. Not the courage of Stephen who was stoned for preaching the gospel. The courage that I need. The strength that I need. The faith that I need. 

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” — Ephesians 2:10

God prepared good works in advance for me to do, and whatever those are, that’s what He is going to make me brave for. 

So what am I supposed to do?

Have the faith of Abraham who said “yes” to God’s call before even knowing where it was. 

Have the faith of Ruth who didn’t leave Naomi even though she knew nothing of the Canaanite people or their land or culture.

Have the faith of a child who believes without needing any proof. 

“Now without faith, it is impossible to please God. For the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” — Hebrews 11:6

I don’t need the bravery to lead armies, just the courage to be faithful wherever God has called me. The faith to say yes. 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet would ever wander so my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my Savior. 

— Taryn

I know, I know!! I missed both posts last week. College is hectic, y’all, but God is so good and He always seees me through:)

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