WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him,
because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters.
But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
1 Samuel 30:6 (ESV)
THE LEADERSHIP OF A FATHER: COURAGE
The boy sobbed, “But Dad, I want my ball.” “You can play with your ball,” I said, “but you’ll have to go downstairs and get it yourself.” Now the tears flowed. Tony’s playroom held the stuffed animals, toys, and games that four-year-olds love. He spent hours there. But to turn on the basement light, you had to descend the darkened stairway, step into the shadowy playroom, then reach for the light switch.
“Tony,” I said. “You know what’s in the playroom. Everything in there’s the same in the dark as it is in the light.” “B-b-but Dad,” he sniffed. “I’m s-s-scared of the dark.” “Okay,” I said. “I’ll stay at the top of the stairs so you can hear my voice while you go down. How’s that sound?” A grin replaced Tony’s tears. He got up and bravely started down the stairs. Then, partway down into the darkness, I heard him hesitate. “Dad?” he called out. “Yes, Tony?” “Nothing.” Seconds later the light was on, and Tony was happily throwing a Nerf basketball through a hoop. Simply knowing his father was nearby gave him the courage to face and overcome his fear of the darkness. (The Courage to Be a Christian, Mike Nappa)
In 1 Samuel 30:6, David had the courage to overcome his fear of the people who wanted to take his life. He found that courage by knowing the Lord was near. In the sermon, Daniel taught “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather standing in the face of fear!” Life and people can be scary but God is bigger.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” Complete the sentence: “Sensing God’s presence in my life gives me the courage to face…”
Praise God for His attributes that give you courage. Thank God for the courage to face the things you listed above.