Courage. It’s a word. Oxford dictionary defines it as “the ability to do something that frightens one.” I am a word person. A word nerd. I love words, their various shades of meaning, their etymology, and even the science of their physical production (phonetics and phonology). I love the Word of God. And I love that He loves me through His Word.
I wrote last about the courage required from me as I faced challenges of leaving a comfortable, rooted, connected community of family and friends to forge a new life in a new place. This was frightening for me in many directions. My courage was fueled by prayers and en-COURAGE-ment from friends and family. And directly from the Lord—through His Word.
The day I began a new job, feeling frightened of my inadequacy of the size of the task, the Lord greeted me on my daily Scripture calendar with 1 Chronicles 28:20–“Be strong and courageous and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task. The Lord God is with you. He will see to it that all the work is finished correctly.”
A good, timely word. And yet my courage flagged during the semester. But God didn’t. He reminded me again: “Don’t panic, I’m with you. There’s no need to fear, for I am your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.” Isaiah 41:10
And He did. May you be strengthened, en-COURAGEd and sustained by His Word.