And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12)
Gideon is perhaps one of the most misunderstood or questionable characters in the Bible. He was of a quiet and timid character (Judges 6:15, 27), and at times displayed reluctance or even doubt of God’s abidance with Israel (Judges 6:13). He was definitely not a perfect man, but one thing is sure because God had this to say about him before any feat of courage or action of strength: you mighty man of valor (Judges 6:12, 14)!
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isa 41:10)
While at the US Naval Academy near Washington DC, I asked my daughter to take a photo of me sitting on a stone chair engraved with the word, COURAGE. Courage is what I need to cope with the stress and challenges of each changing season of life. The googled definition of courage is “the ability to do something that frightens one” or “strength in the face of pain or grief”.
I thank God that I have always been able to find words of encouragement and a source of strength from the Bible. In my youth, I was encouraged by God’s promise to Joshua, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh 1:9). I kept this promise in mind and came to the States to study without doubt or fear. It turned out that the Lord was indeed with me at every turn and milestone in my journey of life. Continue reading
“And now you say, ‘Go, tell your master, “Elijah is here.” ’ He will kill me!” (1 Kgs 18:14)
Have you ever been “between a rock and a hard place” – caught in the middle whether you take, or don’t take, a particular course of action? Obadiah faced this dilemma when he was commissioned by Elijah to announce to King Ahab that Elijah was back. It was understandable why Obadiah was reluctant to tell Ahab about Elijah’s whereabouts, because he could be killed by Ahab if Elijah disappeared again. Continue reading