COURAGE. The Heb. word ḥāzaq means literally ‘to show oneself strong’.
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
Have you ever had to move from a location to a new location? From where to where? How did you feel during that process? (good experience or rough?)
When was a time you switched jobs or started a new endeavor? What were some of the internal and external challenges of starting the new adventure?
Are you naturally geared toward stability or change?
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.
Genesis 12:1; 4
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”
But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Genesis 19:15; 26
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
But Jonah ran away from the Lord . . .
How would you define courage?
What has helped you to go the direction God wants you to go when you are tempted to stay, look back, resist?