Monday, January 27, 2014

A Command for Courage - Part II

Today I want to continue on with our thoughts on courage. 

Whether we are a police wife dealing with the anxiety that often comes when our husband's leave for duty; an officer or military man/woman on the front lines of a conflict; or a student in a classroom being taught theories contradictory to God's Word, each of us need to be reminded that God is with us.

In Chapter 2 of the book of Joshua, we read the story of Rahab, Jericho's town prostitute.  Joshua had sent 2 spies into Jericho to check out the situation and layout of the city.  Rahab hid the spies on her roof, then lowered them down outside the city wall by rope after they had been found out.

Picking up in Joshua 2:8-11, it says:

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea[a] for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.[b] 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

Get the picture here.  The people of Jericho were trembling in fear because of what they had heard about the Lord God.  These were folks who did not worship Yahweh, but worshipped foreign, pagan gods.  Yet, they trembled by the miracles they had heard about.

The Israelites had wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their unbelief!  They had witnessed first-hand God's provision and miracles, yet they doubted His ability to provide, protect, and promote them.

 

The past couple of weeks I've been struggling with a health issue.  Even in my times of doubt and fear, I had women coming to me for prayer or wisdom.  Though I know and have confidence of what my God can do, I have struggled with doubt and an overwhelming sense of fear.  Yet these women, many of whom do not have the assurance of His power realize that God has had His hand on my life and ministry and they know that they want to be a part of that.

  

What is it that you are struggling with today?  What is stealing your courage and causing you to be fearful?  Has God not proven Himself to you in numerous ways?  Then let Him have it.  Give Him your fears and your doubt and allow Him to make you a symbol of His strength.  

Blessings, friends.
Kristi 

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