Take Another Look – DAY 19

“I urge you to keep up your courage… Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid’” (Acts 27:22–24 TNIV)

Courage comes in many forms. There is the raw courage of the battlefield and also the quiet, almost unseen courage of people in seemingly impossible situations, who choose to be courageous as they trust God and, one step at a time, move forward.

We’ve all experienced times when things don’t make sense, when our problems seem so big that the storms of life threaten to overcome us. It is when we take quiet courage to face adversity with faith that God can turn the situation around.

Think of Naomi who had been left destitute, vulnerable and without support in a strange land after the death of her sons. She made the decision to return to her homeland, and her daughter-in-law Ruth chose to go with her.

‘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. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” ‘  (Ruth 1:16–18 TNIV)

There were easier options available to Ruth but instead she chose ‘quiet courage’.

  • She chose God.
  • She chose relationship.
  • She chose God’s people.
  • She chose courage.