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Courage

I am constantly on the lookout for tornadoes. I live in tornado alley.

I used to live in the northeast and paid a lot of attention to snowstorms and blizzards. If I lived somewhere else, it could be earthquakes. It’s always something.

“You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day.” ~King David | Psalm 91:5

King David knew a lot about danger. He got his start fighting bears and proceeded on to fight (and kill) Goliath. King Saul wanted to kill him and tried on many occasions.

When he was not yet out of his teens, David refused the loan of Saul’s armor and armed himself with only his sling and five smooth stones he carefully selected from the bed of a stream. He then killed Goliath of Gath, the champion of the Philistines.

David did not stop at single combat. He went on to become a great General, so that he quickly eclipsed the record of his predecessor, King Saul. The people said, “Saul has slain his thousands, but David his ten thousands.” (1st Samuel 18:7)

Once when King Saul was pursuing David, and intent upon killing him, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. David and his men were hiding in the back of the cave. David’s men urged David to kill Saul, saying that God had delivered him into David’s hand. David slipped up on Saul in the darkness of a cave, and he cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe, but that was all he did. Despite the urging of his men, and despite that Samuel had anointed David in Saul’s stead, David refused to put out his hand against the Lord and his anointed.

Jesus challenges me to “fear not”! I need courage. I need boldness. I need good cheer. There is great news. Jesus gives me this wonderful gift called courage and boldness.

In the Bible, courage is also called “good cheer” as in Mark 6:50 when Jesus gave the command to the disciples who saw Him walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee and coming toward them. The Greek word translated “courage” and “good cheer” means literally “boldness and confidence.” In the Bible, courage is the opposite of fear.

When God commands me to fear not, to be of good cheer, and to have courage, He is always commanding against fear, which is the opposite of courage.

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