A Crazy, Courageous Thing
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear is not something we get from God. Do not be afraid, He says to Isaac. Do not be afraid, He tells Moses. Do not be afraid, Jesus tells Jarius, “Just believe!”
But maybe courage is not at all about the absence of fear but about obedience even when we are afraid. Courage is trusting when we don’t know what is next, leaning into the hard and knowing that it will stretch us, but even more, believing that God will be near. Maybe bravery is looking fear in the face and telling it that is does not win. Even though we feel uncertain, we press into a God who is so certain, so sure, so steady. He carries us; He lifts our heads. And His unfailing love and comfort becomes our courage and our hope.
Hope is a crazy, courageous thing. We live in a world where innocent people suffer and stories don’t have the endings we prayed for. The pain and the hurt is everywhere. But the joy and the hope that we find in our Savior? It is everywhere, too. I do not have all the answers, but God is who He says He is. And in the hurt and the pain and the suffering, God is near, and He is good, even when the ending isn’t.
We can sing, because we know what is coming. We can hope, because we know Who is coming.
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