Do not be in dread

· Courage Challenge: Day 5 ·

Oct, 05, 2023

Let’s learn why we don’t have to be in dread for the 5th day of the courage challenge.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Who is there to dread?

There are a few “be strong and courageous” verses in the Old Testament and we will look at a few of them this month. But the context here is worth mentioning. 

After decades leading the Israelites, Moses is saying goodbye and preparing the people to transition to following Joshua into the promised land. The thing about the promised land was that people were already living there! Fear of these people had been the reason the Israelites weren’t able to enter the promised land 40 years earlier. 

Let’s remember that correctly: it wasn’t that the people fought Israel back and kept them from the promised land. Instead, Israel looked at the enemy instead of their God and decided to let fear win. 

Moses was challenging this generation to put their trust in God. 

What about us? Circumstantially, there’s plenty to dread. 

But will we choose to remember that the Lord our God goes with us? Will we choose to walk like we will never be forsaken? Will we be strong and courageous?

Courage in real life

Though she could be my answer every day, today I am in awe of my mom’s courage. Without sharing too many personal details, she’s holding hope and courage for so many others right now. She’s walking in courage in spite of dread-inducing circumstances. She trusts in the promise-keeping God every step of every day.

A quick reminder

We’re studying courage through Scripture and daily life every day this month. Learn all about how to join me here

October 5, 2023


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