Judas, one of Jesus’s disciples, betrayed him. His betrayal didn’t take Jesus by surprise. He knew it was coming. When Judas came, Jesus called him a friend and said, “...do what you have come for.” (Matthew 26:50). Jesus didn’t retaliate. He didn’t try to defend Himself. Jesus didn’t place blame. When Jesus could have called legions of angels to help Him, He didn’t (see Matthew 26:53).
Life is difficult. We will face challenges, opposition, betrayal, setback, and disappointments. Yet, we should maintain our composure and glorify God. Furthermore, we can respond to betrayal and rejection the same way Jesus did, by putting our faith, trust, and confidence in the Father. No matter what you’re facing today, God is ultimately in control. Remember, people can’t do more to you than God allows. Stay focused and remember, the battle belongs to the Lord.
These are just ten examples of courage in the Bible. The Bible is full of other examples, each one useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (see 2 Timothy 3:16). Each one useful to fill us with courage. When you’re facing situations that fill you with dread, fear, or doubt, look to our friends in the Bible to find the courage you need.
Aretha Grant serves her local church as a bible teacher and elder. She loves writing and is the author of Overcomer: 25 Keys to Walking Victoriously. Aretha resides in Hagerstown, MD with her husband and two youngest children. You can read Aretha’s blog at www.arethagrant.com.
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