And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. (Numbers 14:6-10)
Today's Morsel: One of the things about courage is it will be tested. Sooner or later everyone will have their courage tested. Whether it is defending ones rights, protecting our children, standing up for our faith, climbing higher obstacles, facing death, or just having to saying "No", our courage will at some point be put to the test. This is one of the reasons that we need to build ourselves up daily in our most holy faith. When those moments of fear come, and those times that you may think that you are going under, you are going to need courage. Courage comes in three forms. Spiritual, mental, and physical. And you may find that they are tested separately or all at the same time. The children of Israel had all three of theirs tested at once, and they failed the test. Only Caleb and Joshua had enough courage to take a stand. And later in Joshua's life, when he assumed the leadership role from Moses, the Lord again told him, to be very strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6-9). This is what the Lord desires of each of us, to be strong and very courageous for the Lord.
Sing: Be strong! Be bold! For the Lord our God is with us, Be strong! Be bold! For the Lord our God is with us. I am not afraid, I am not ashamed, I am not dismayed, because I'm walking in faith and victory, because the Lord, our God is with us.
Thought for Today: Courage mounteth with occasion (Shakespeare)