Our little fighter decided he needed a proper costume and it totally helped to pump him up for clinic this morning. Of course, the true source of Justin’s courage came from our time of prayer in the car on the way there.
We’ve been talking quite a bit about the kind of courage God gives, our favorite example being David and Goliath. It is true that young David brought down a mighty giant with a simple sling shot, but I always emphasize to my boys that God had complete control over that stone.
So what exactly is courage? Is it the willingness to confront difficult circumstances because of belief in our own abilities? Well, to some it is. But to me, it is the choice to believe that God has control over the scalpel, the needle, the steering wheel. The same perfect control He had over David’s stone.
And true courage is birthed from faith that God works every outcome for our ultimate good. (Romans 8:28) If we truly believe in God’s loving Providence over all things, what is there left to fear?
“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of the Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.” 1 Samuel 17:47
This is NOT just a cool story for Sunday school kids. David demonstrates incredible faith in the sovereignty of God, manifested by some really gutsy courage. And he rightly gives God the glory for the victorious outcome. (1 Samuel 17)
Praying for the grace to be more like David and less like a tired, frazzled mom hiding in the laundry room eating leftover Easter candy.
Grace be with you, my friends.