Today’s Scripture: Psalm 56; Psalm 57; Psalm 58, Jeremiah 1:11-19, Romans 1:1-15, John 4:27-42
Today’s Writer: Kevin Mischler
Facing Fears with Courage
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4
It was recently brought to my attention that the exhortation to “Do not be afraid” or “Do not fear” is in the Bible 365 times. That equals to one time for each day of the year. Courage, along with trust in God, is required to face fear.
Last week I was asked: What was the most courageous thing you have ever done? What a great question. How would you answer that question? I find it much easier to encourage others to face their fears than I do facing my own fears. Courage is not the absence of fear but rather doing your duty in the face of fear. In other words, doing the right thing regardless of the cost. I am encouraged to know that mortal man cannot harm us unless God allows it. Furthermore, if He does allow us to experience pain or discomfort He will be with us and use it for His glory. Our pain will not be wasted.
Maybe at the end of each day I should be asking myself “was I courageous today?”