You have armed me with strength for the battle.” (Psalms 18:39 NLT)
German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer courageously took a very unpopular stand against Jewish persecution by the Nazis, which was being supported by the state church. By bravely breaking away, he created a new group called the “Confessing Church” and led an ‘illegal’ seminary. Because of his passionate resistance, he was eventually arrested and executed on April 9, 1945, merely five months before the war ended.
The only way Bonhoeffer could’ve faced his circumstances was by what the psalmist describes: “You have armed me with strength for the battle.” God gives each of us the measure of courage and faith that we need to plow ahead, regardless of our obstacles. While we focus so heavily on our chances for failure, we also forget that we have just as great a chance to succeed when it’s what God desires!
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to operate in the face of it. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. If God is with you, then don’t worry about what might happen. Nothing you do in obedience to God is ever a waste! You are loved today! Go get ’em!