Jacob encountered a crisis on his life’s journey when
he heard his estranged brother was coming toward
him with 400 men. Jacob was afraid, but knew where
courage could be found—he wrestled all night to gain
My favor and obtained it!
When I walked the earth, Pilate needed courage to
make a righteous decision concerning Me as I was
brought before his judgment seat--but he feared
the people and the loss of his position, so claimed he
would just refrain from making a personal choice by
washing his hands of the matter.
After My death, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent
member of the Religious Council that had condemned
Me (but who himself did not--because he believed
in My Kingdom) gathered courage in the face of his
religious brethren and the public opinion that
surrounded him. He made his decision, went before
Pilate, begged for My body, and by this action stated
before them all—I will publicly identify with Him
whether He is alive or dead!
Even so, in the present time as we are confronted with
decisions, will we choose the path of least resistance--
attempting to wash our hands of the matter with no
choice, or draw courage from God to follow principles
in alignment with His Righteousness?
Oh Lord, Fill us with Your Courage to stand in our day
as Daniel with his companions, Joseph, David, Esther,
and many others along with the Prophets and Apostles
stood in their days for Your Righteousness!
Be strong and of good courage,
do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God,
He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you.”