At all times, in every situation, we are to be steadfast and unmovable. God wants to teach us how to be brave and show Himself strong on our behalf by working in and through our weaknesses.
How To Be Brave
There is opportunity in every hardship to be thankful and express our trust in the power of God to make those impossible and difficult situations triumphant. We can learn how to be brave and see through our enemies to see God’s presence. When troubles like fear, depression, or anxiety seem right on top of us, we can look through them to see that God is right on top them. Without struggle, it would seem that the strength came from us instead of from God.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Strength and Supply
In learning how to be brave and courageous in our everyday lives we can become content like Paul. This is the essence of always abounding; standing firm and refusing to be moved by trouble. Contentment gives us confidence because when we have our needs met by God there’s nothing the world can do to take away what He’s given.
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Seeing With Confidence
You can’t see God with your eyes closed. Sometimes we close our eyes for fear of what we might see. We don’t want to see or hear what the world has to say about our situation. Sometimes when we’re praying for God to show up He wants to opener eyes to see that He is already there.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
See It Through
Our weaknesses and needs are the lenses God uses to show us His love. In the Old Testament, God sent the Law and the prophets to show His love but His people rejected them. He sent His son Jesus Christ to show us His love on the cross. The cross is the place where God’s strength meets our weakness. It is the place where his supply meets our need. It is the place where his mercy and grace meet our sin and shame.
2 Kings 6:8-17
8 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” 9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” 10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice. 11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?”
12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13 So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.” And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.” 14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.