Take Courage

Joel Plantinga

READ : Nehemiah 2:1-10

“If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, I ask that you send me to Judah . . . so that I may rebuild it.” (v. 5)

I love watching people overcome fear. For instance, in spite of my terribly flawed motivational tactics, our young son has gone from using arm flotation devices to doing diving-board flips in just one summer of swimming. What used to be a daily battle to get him close to the water has become a battle to get him out!

Biblical heroes like Nehemiah had to confront many of the same fears we do today. As a cupbearer, he was the first line of defense against anyone trying to poison King Artaxerxes. As an important official Nehemiah had to gain permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. This was no small task. On a good day, the king could say no. On a bad day? Well, you didn’t want to ask on a bad day! But God was with Nehemiah and granted him the king’s favor.

Overcoming our fears and growing in faith takes great courage. As much as we may wish it didn’t, this is a reminder that our need for courage is a need for God, which brings him glory.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, grant us the courage to face our fears and the strength to do what needs to be done. Amen.