Did you know that the birthstones for March, aquamarine and bloodstone, symbolize courage? What does courage mean to you? Do you think of a specific person or a specific act? We often equate courage with people who we consider to be heroes ranging from soldiers, police, firefighters, to fictional characters like Superman and Batman. We may even have a person in our life who displayed courage and have given us someone to think of when we need that extra boost. Rushing into a burning building to save someone from death is a courageous act, but so is a Christian standing up for their beliefs.
We have such a wonderful source for uplifting and thought-provoking stories of courage in the Bible. The courageous people who confronted their enemies or encountered unimaginable situations are encouragers to us believers. Jesus Christ is a man who defines courage in ways we will never be able to fully comprehend. While facing death for people who did not deserve his selfless act, Jesus was still strong and forgiving; “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,” Luke 23: 34.
Despite the decree that King Darius put on the land for all to cease prayer for thirty days, Daniel did not even hesitate to continue praying three times a day. He did not hide what he was doing even though he knew he would be punished. His trust in God gave him incredible courage. Daniel was arrested and thrown into the lion’s den, but God sent an angel to protect him from the lions. If we all had courage when faced with challenges of earthy sin, imagine what we could do! Let us not focus on our fears, but allow for the power that God gives us to stay strong in our faith.
“And David said to Solomon his son, be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.” 1 Chronicles 28:20