Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
God tells us throughout the Bible to be courageous and to take heart. What does this mean? Courage comes from the Latin word “cor” which means heart. When we accept Jesus into our heart, we give God access to our heart. Through Him we will overcome past mistakes, current fears and future anxieties. When we follow Him, He will strengthen us to fulfill His desire for our life. When we allow Him to work in and through us, our character will change. Don’t look back at your past, be brave, change and be courageous.
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:36-37
The author of this Psalm did not have all of the current distractions of today’s world (i.e., tv, computers, cell phones, facebook, instagram, pinterest, books…) Yet, there is incredible teaching within these two verses. It takes courage to turn from our distractions and seek God instead. Our distractions can be time-consuming, selfish and worthless. It takes our focus off of God’s desire for our life. Therefore, be strong and courageous. God is with us wherever we go. Let’s put down our cell phones, shut down our computers and open our Bibles to seek Him first and to be filled with direction, hope and encouragement.