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Strong And Courageous

“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.


Taking Its Toll

I’ve been observing a lot of life events taking their toll on my friends and family members, and even myself lately. 
Sudden deaths, difficult goodbyes to those departing (not yet for eternity, but for places that seem an eternal distance away), scary medical diagnoses, job transitions, and more can really bring a person down.
Well wishes and hugs honestly only do so much for a person who has one, several, or maybe all of these hit them at once.
Many of those who follow Jesus begin to wonder where He is. Those who don’t follow Jesus may think that the luck of the universe is against them. Both may wonder if this life is even worth it in the end. 
Life has a lot of aspects that really do suck the hope out of any human being, no matter their beliefs. 
Some preachers say that if your life is hard and you aren’t financially blessed, you’re doing something wrong. They may blame your lack of faith in prayer, your lack of frequency in prayer, or a host of other possibilities.
Here’s the thing, though. God never promised an easy life for us on this earth, but He did promise to be with us every step of the way, through every kind of trial we face. God is faithful to His faithful, and He is faithful to the faithless. 
He won’t give us more than we can handle through His strength. As the saying goes,

“He Who brought you to it

Will see you through it.”

Find rest, weary soul. The burden is heavy, but Jesus carries our burdens with us, and His heart breaks with ours.