“The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.” Proverbs 28:1
Do you need courage and boldness today?
If I type the words bold, brave or boldness into my search engine, all sorts of so called inspirational quotes pop up, some of them really cheesy and some actually very encouraging. The problem with these quotes though, is that many of them approach boldness from the point of view of ‘looking deep within yourself’ or finding this giant somewhere inside the real you. They’re very close to biblical truth but just miss the mark. The Bible doesn’t tell us to search within ourselves to find boldness – our boldness is found in God.
When we belong to Jesus, our boldness comes from Him, and only Him.
“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” (Psalm 121:2)
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the Lord!
There have, no doubt been people down through history who have been notably courageous in their own strength. But the problem with this kind of courage is that it is totally self reliant and therefore rooted in pride. Every time a person who relies on ‘Self’ to sort out life’s difficulties and hardships, this root is watered, until it flourishes and grows.
God designed us to work in partnership with Him through life, not to go it alone, fiercely independent.
This is what the prophet Jeremiah had to say about it in Jeremiah 17:5-8 “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
When God told Joshua to be strong and courageous, He didn’t just give that command and leave Joshua to it; it wasn’t up to Joshua to try to find some ‘mysterious inner strength or courage’ God wanted Joshua to look to Him for his courage. He said “This is my command, be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
God also promised Joshua that He would go ahead of him. “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
This is why we can be courageous!