May 23
Read Ps. 46

Only be strong and very courageous, to observe to do according to all the law . . . that thou mayest have good success whithersoever thou goest. —Josh. 1:7 ARV

Courage does not stand alone. It is an end result of other attitudes. Where the word is mentioned in the Bible it is usually linked with something else. Joshua is instructed to be obedient to the law which Moses taught. The psalmist relates it to a hope in God and a waiting for God. At the end of Paul’s journey to Rome it is recorded: “Whom [the brethren who welcomed him] when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.”

Courage is not to be found in a life that has never faced risks. It is lacking when a life is unrelated to God, or to a cause that is worthy. But when we stand facing some great need, aware that there is a “power not ourselves that makes for righteousness,” God works in us, and courage replaces insecurity and fear. Jesus prayed in a time of crisis; and, putting his life in the hands of God, He went out to meet adventure in the highest spirit of courage the world has ever known. We too can have courage if our life has other foundations.

Courage is armor
A blind man wears;
The calloused scar
Of outlived despairs;
Courage is Fear
That has said its prayers.

O GOD OF ALL COURAGEOUS MEN, grant that, being obedient to Thy laws and in harmony with those who seek Thy face, we may walk today in the spirit of courageous faith. Amen.

Community Church, Kansas City, Mo.