January 23
Read Prov. 3:1–27

THE SECRET OF COURAGE
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. —Isa. 41:10

Personal courage is the positive manifestation of an inward alertness to the presence of God. The immensity of our lives depends upon the intensity of our faith in the power of God to see us through. In life’s darkest moments, in the darkest moments of history, God has always spoken to those who were in tune with His infinite will. He is greater than any power which exists outside of His holy realm. The wicked way of humans may claim the battle today, and tomorrow, but the third day belongs to Him. The tragedy of the Cross is finally swallowed up in the victory of the Resurrection.

Wherever you may be this hour, be still for a moment. Listen to that voice which speaks with supreme authority; it is saying, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Yes, God is by your side; His spirit is anxious to dwell within you.

When you have found the secret of His presence, you are at the source of power which manifests itself through your life as courage. A courageous life is one that knows and accepts God’s presence, and gives Him absolute right of way every day. His way, His will, is always the right way; it is the way up and out.

OUR FATHER, Thou hast made us for Thyself. We dare not try to live without Thy Holy Presence. Increase the spark of faith within us: that our lives may be guided by Thy wisdom, strengthened by Thy Spirit, and made victorious through the triumphant Kingdom. In the name of Thy Son. Amen.

O. JAMES SOWELL
University Place Christian Church, Oklahoma City, Okla.