Most of us have had some type of challenge in our lives where the odds seemed insurmountable.
Situations such as a cancer diagnosis or death of a loved one, require an abundance of courage. Conflicts with family, friends, and others call for bravery. What is your definition of courage?
There is an incident in the Old Testament that will help clarify the meaning.
Facing A Threat
Israel was at war with the Philistines. The Philistine army had a champion. But the terrified Israeli army had no one willing to face the warrior.
The Israelites had good reason to fear the giant. Goliath stood 6 cubits and a span. According to the Expanded Bible, his height measured 9 feet 4 inches. The armor worn by this hulk weighed 125 pounds. The wooded part of his spear was the size of a beam.
The Israelites must have been quaking in their sandals!
Goliath in his big booming voice dared the Israeli army to send a warrior to fight. He taunted them with the fact that if he won, they would become slaves.
The Unlikely Champion
David a young shepherd happened to be in the Israeli camp, delivering food to his brothers. While David visited, Goliath shouted his challenge as he had for the last 40 days. David couldn’t believe the giant taunted God’s army.
The soldiers told David the king offered a great reward to anyone who would kill the giant. David’s older brother overheard the conversation. He scolded him for leaving the sheep. He accused David of being prideful and wicked in heart.
No brotherly love there.
David refused to be put off by his brother’s rebuke. King Saul summoned David who offered to battle the giant. The king discouraged David because of his youth and lack of experience in battle. But David convinced the king.
The king agreed and offered his own armor. David refused. He needed his own equipment, a sling shot and few smooth stones.
On the battlefield, Goliath taunted David.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17: 45
With one stone, David slew Goliath.
How did David possess such courage? He was loyal to God and trusted Him.
To have courage, you have to develop these 4 characteristics.
- good judgement
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” Eleanor Roosevelt
What do you think makes up courage? Are you currently experiencing a situation that requires courage?