The last two posts have been about fearlessness & faith. Today's is about courage - which is also the opposite of fear. This morning I was drawn to Psalms 27:14 "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
Whenever I see a phrase repeated like that, I figure it's a pretty important concept. So my questions were two-fold. 1) What does it mean to have your heart strengthened? 2) What does it mean to "wait" on the Lord?
The answer to the 1st came quickly enough. While it could mean many things, for me today it means courage. When God strengthens my heart he gives me courage to face the unknowns ahead without fear.
So what does it mean to wait on the Lord? The picture that came to mind for this one was that of a child and parent out for a walk. The parent has asked the child to stick to His side. Often, however, children like to run ahead - the parent seems to be moving so slowly! But in this case, my Heavenly Father knows there is a lion near the path ahead - "seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). As I see this picture in my mind, I realize that if I run ahead on the path, not only will I be fearful when I face the lion on my own, but I will be in serious danger as well. BUT, if I wait on Him and walk with Him, when we come face to face with the lion I will feel no fear because I KNOW my Daddy can handle it and I am safe!!!
Father, please keep me by your side this day. I do not want to run ahead and get myself into dangerous situations. I want to face any dangers with you by my side where I will be safe. Thank you, Father!!!!