The courage of waiting with hope

· Courage Challenge: Day 1 ·

Oct, 01, 2023

To kick off our month of studying courage, let’s talk about the courage of waiting with hope. Here’s our verse for the day:

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

This is actually the first Scripture verse about courage I ever really “noticed”. It’s such a clear and also counter-intuitive call. 

    • Be strong, take courage
    • But you’re also waiting

We don’t often connect waiting to strength and courage. Sure, it’s when we might need it the most but we feel it the least. 

Seasons of waiting often feel barren, like you’re waiting for everything instead of just for one thing. Like everything is on hold instead of just that one aspect of life. 

But here’s the part that leapt out to me this time: “all you who wait for the Lord.” We’re waiting in hope that God will act in our lives. 

That looks different for each person and each season. As I thought about it throughout the day, I was struck that waiting on the Lord is actually the best “version” of waiting. 

Waiting on the Lord is never wasted or in vain because He is the promise keeper. Waiting on other people or circumstances always has the potential to let us down. 

God will never let us down. 

I hope this is encouraging to you today.

My sisters who are waiting

For the second part of studying, I’m trying to look for courage in action in the lives of those around me. While I won’t call specific people out by name, know that you’re known, seen, and prayed for. 

Two women come to mind:

    • A warrior facing another massive battle with a tough illness. She’s still waiting for the prognosis and treatment plan in the midst of daily physical struggles. She’s one of the strongest people I know. 
    • A sister who is waiting on the Lord for something so close to her heart, and yet she’s moving forward with courage in another area of her life and trusting it all to God, even when it hurts. 

If you’re in a season of waiting right now, I pray that this verse or this study give you the strength and courage you need to persevere. 

Until tomorrow!

For a quick reminder

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


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