Is courage a choice?

Re:Verse reading–Joshua 1 (day seven) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous!”–v 9.

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That’s the only time a man can be brave’, his father told him.”–George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones)

We live in an age that portrays people as helpless.  Victims of our circumstances and feelings.  Unable to control our actions or choose a higher path.

God’s word paints a different picture.  Courage is a choice, one of many that can and must be made by those who believe.

God commanded Joshua to be courageous.  To focus his heart on the promises of God and not his fears.  To get up early and pray and find sufficient certainty for a day of strength. To exercise a self-discipline that did not allow his “heart to be troubled” (see John 14)

Our generation says that we are victims.  God says courage is a choice.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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