Saturday, August 25

faithisms: courage in Christ

today's post is written by bekkah speller
you can find her at rebekkah made whole

in college, i became a student of courage - by way of minoring in Jewish Studies. i distinctly remember the day it hit me - that courage is what life requires, but was something i had taken for granted. as i inhaled the stories of corrie ten boom, of refugees and less well-known rescuers, i realized what an arrogance it was to unquestioningly determine that i would have behaved in an equally noble fashion. and i don’t think i’m the only one. i think many of us assume that courage is something we generally and easily possess - the ability to face life the way that it comes. the wherewithal to get up every tuesday and breathe again. but that, my friends, is not the case.

courage, like grace, is a gift from God. one that rains on the unjust as well as the just. the greater the need, the more abundant the provision, and yet - it comes at a cost.

i have been forever affected by the courage of women and the wherewithal of men who rose to face the war that is life on earth - the carnage, the heartache, the aftermath. what you’ll soon discover if you study any war, is that those who act courageously don’t alway do so from the foot of the Cross, but those who do far surpass them in their efforts, and make much broader strokes on the canvas of eternity.

more than it takes courage to stand toe to toe with evil; to dine with a nazi while a Jew hides on your roof, it takes courage to admit your own brokenness. to look in the eyes of the arm that wears the swastika and know: but for the grace of God, you would don one too. 

in every instance in which courage appears, it should direct us to our fierce and lovely Warrior. our Soldier was Sovereign, and so He is still. He knows all things, and knew them Then. He foresaw the horror the beckoned Him, and towards it He willingly roared. silent as a sheep is before its shearers; yet with the resolve that only Courage can create.

because of the Cross, and the Creator that conquered it, we can have courage to face life as it comes. to get up every tuesday and breath again. and moreover, we can do so with joy.

we can be so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despair of life itself. and yet, continue living. we can be afflicted in every way, but not crushed; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. indeed, we may feel the reception of the sentence of death, but Life is more truly what awaits us. in courage, we can learn to rely not on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such deadly peril, and He will deliver us. on Him we can set our hope - that He will deliver us again. and so we have this treasure in jars of clay - to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us {2 corinthians 1:8-11 | 4:7-10} for Jesus has modeled and given in abundance every ounce of the courage we need.

3 comments:

  1. Loved this. Thanks for sharing!

    -Lindsey

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    1. thanks for reading. i'm glad it was encouraging :-]

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  2. thanks for this, rebekkah. very inspiring, to be courageous in the lord! xo

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