Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Josh 1:8)
How do we find the strength and courage to face our daily work routines? Where do we find the courage to step out into a new career or a new position?
God is sufficient to replace our anxieties, inadequacies, fears, and doubts with courage and confidence.
It would be nice if God gave us 12 steps to courage, or seven habits for courageous living. However God gives something much more amazing. God gives us his promises, God gives us his Word and God gives us his presence.
God’s promises as a source of courage
Our strength and courage rests in God. God is the supernatural power that has created this world, and acted throughout history and in your life. All power on heaven and earth belongs to God. God is unchanging and God’s power will continue to act today and tomorrow.
God’s promises are dependable, because God’s promises rest entirely on God’s unchanging character. There is nothing that God has promised or does that relies on what you do, or what anybody else does.
The Bible as a source of courage
God reveals himself to us in the Bible, so that we can grasp the length and breadth and height and depths of his love for us. God reveals to how we can live our lives in a right relationship with him so that he can provide the strength we need for today and tomorrow.
Daily hear what God has to say about you and to you through his word. Don’t be distracted by inferiority-complex podcasts from your youth, or fear-mongering messages from well-intentioned friends, or people comparing you to your predecessor.
- There is always something new to discover in the Bible. Knowing what God says to us in the Bible requires consistent life-long:
- Meditation on God’s Word to make God’s Word part of your normal, day-to-day reasoning and thinking;
- Exploring with other believers how the truths of God’s Word apply to everyday life situations;
- Making God’s word part of your everyday conversations;
- Being able in your own words to explain how God’s Word influences your day-to-day actions and larger decisions.
God’s preparation as a source of courage
You didn’t just arrive on the scene as a random collection of atoms. God skillfully created you! God has prepared you for today, and what lies ahead tomorrow. God gave you the abilities and skills you need to courageously face your daily work routine, or to courageously step out into a new venture.
God has also prepared the hearts of the people you work with, the people you lead, and your managers. Instead of being scared of the people around you, or frustrated by the people around you, give thanks to God for how he has prepared them and brought you together.
God’s presence as a source of courage
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Josh 1:5)
God has promised that he will be with you wherever you go. When God is with you, there is no need to be afraid or discouraged. God’s perfect love drives away all fears. With God present in your life you know that God has forgiven you and which in turn gives you the courage to forgive.
Obedience as a source of courage
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” (Josh 1:7)
You may know a lot about God’s promises, about the Bible, about yourself, and that God is with you. But true courage will not come until in faith you step out in obedience. Stepping out in obedience may mean dealing with sin in your life before God will give you the courage to move forward. For many of you obedience may mean faithfully doing exactly what you were doing yesterday. For some of you, obedience may mean a leap of faith into something new holding onto God’s hand.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)