Joseph had reason to be afraid. He had been sold into slavery by his brothers, sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and forgotten by his fellow prisoner. He had no hope and no advocate. But he courageously continued to serve God at all times – and God made him the second most powerful man in Egypt.
David had reason to be afraid. A nine-foot, armor clad warrior wanted to take his head off – literally. David had no sword, no shield, and only a sling and a few stones. But he courageously faced the giant – and God gave him the victory.
Gideon had reason to be afraid. With only 300 men he faced a multitude of an army. He had no reinforcements and no plan B. But he courageously did just what he was told – and God caused the enemy to flee.
Daniel had reason to be afraid. As an old man, he was attacked by his political enemies who plotted to use his faith to condemn him to death. He had no tricks or loopholes. But he courageously continued to pray – and God delivered him from the mouth of the lions.
We have not been sold into slavery. No giants want to kill us. There are no more lions’ dens. Yet we often act as if there are great obstacles to our faith. We cower before imaginary enemies.
What if, for just one day, we demonstrated the courage that so many have demonstrated before us? What if we acted as if God still has the power to deliver us from whatever trouble our faith may land us in? May we be people of courage.