We live in a time when Courage is needed as never before. We all are still recovering from the news of the missing Malaysian MH370 plane with 239 on board. In this sophisticated age how could a plane go missing for weeks? For frequent and once in a while fliers this news may appear scary. As Christians what is our response? Are we surprised or are we aware of what the Bible says? Hear the words of Jesus- And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet; and because lawlessness will abound, love of many will grow cold. The point we can get here is- 'do not be troubled'. The Message translation says - 'Keep your head and don't panic'.
It is so easy to panic and be skeptical because the circumstances around don't look favorable. The need of the hour is for Christians to display courage. Solomon the wisest and richest king the world has ever known says - If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10).
How can we garner this courage? I believe the classic example of the young lad David, facing the giant Goliath is apt. David was a Lilliputian to Goliath, but that did not frighten him, he says to Goliath in his face - You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel's troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day GOD is handing you over to me. I'm about to kill you, cut off your head, and serve up your body and the bodies of your Philistine buddies to the crows and coyotes. The whole earth will know that there's an extraordinary God in Israel. And everyone gathered here will learn that GOD doesn't save by means of sword or spear. The battle belongs to GOD-he's handing you to us on a platter!"
The definition for courage reads, "the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc." Quality and character are key in courage. The definition reminds us that it is a quality or characteristic of our mind and spirit that our actions our based on. Courage is something that can be built up, strengthened and possibly remain quiet until called upon to step forward.
Are we contagious in our display of courage? As the body of Christ, I believe that is the need of the hour.