Monday, October 3, 2022

The two-sided face of courage

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

Mary Anne Radmacher is credited with saying the following: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”

A man by the name of William Carey, many, many years ago in Great Britain, stood up in a meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society and offered to go to India to translate the Bible into the language of the people there and bring the message of Jesus Christ.

The young Carey was told, in no uncertain terms, that the Lord would get His message to the people of India in His own way and didn’t need Carey.

The young missionary persevered, however, and eventually won the approval of the Society’s leadership.

He was sent to India and began a massive translation work of the Bible.

To this day William Carey is known as the father of the modern missionary movement.

I wonder what would have happened if Carey had decided to take his knocks and give up on the vision that God had given him?

It takes courage to persevere when others say you can’t.

It takes courage to stand up when all others oppose you.

It takes courage to try again after failure has shoved you to the ground roughly.

Joshua was a man called upon to succeed Israel’s greatest leader, Moses.

Battling fear and a sense of inferiority, the young military general was promised this by God in Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Those are some kind of marching orders, but you can have that promise, too, if you trust in the One who went before you and will also follow close behind you.

Take courage today, my friend!

God will go with you if you but ask Him!

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