“Be strong and courageous! For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
What exactly are we to embody as strong and courageous people?
Some of the definitions of “strong” include: having the ability to perform a specific action powerfully, likely to succeed because of sound reason and convincing evidence, possessing skills and qualities that create a likelihood of success, and the ability to withstand great force or pressure. A person who is strong is not easily upset, shows determination, self-control, and good judgment. They are established, intense, resonant, passionate, and eager.
Some of the definitions of “courageous” are: not deterred by danger or pain; brave. A courageous person is plucky, valiant, bold, daring, “lionhearted,” venturesome, spunky, audacious, and indomitable.
As we look at these qualities, some of them (such as spunky, audacious, intense, and eager) are often viewed by our society as a negative – something to be dampened, quelled, or quenched altogether. However, as a believer, we are reminded that if we are keeping the Lord as our focus, these qualities are actually very desirable, and are given to us by God, that we may be passionate for Him and for what He cares about. Don’t quench and suppress God’s gifts to you.