Courage from the Word of the Lord


Humans are emotional people as well as rational ones. In the Greek society, they realized that humans could sometimes be persuaded by feelings rather than rational thoughts. Blaise Pascal once stated “the heart has reasons that the mind knows not of”. In those instances, any rational proposition is woefully inept, but their emotions serve as guides.

In most cases, decisions made from the affective domain rather than the cognitive are not sound ones. Emotional decisions can mislead and defraud us. In those instances, a strong appeal from the cognitive or rational is most helpful and a lifeline to the right pathway. Jesus demonstrates this in the life of Paul in Acts 18. As a proclaimer of the Gospel, Paul often faced challenges and danger from those whom the Gospel threatened their position and power. I am sure that you can relate to when your emotions were a perpetual emotional burden that plagued your thoughts and  weighed you down.

As Paul faced similar challenge, he received Courage from the Word of the Lord

Acts 18

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

Imagine how Paul felt. He was accustomed to people getting upset with him proclaiming the Gospel which usually led to those people seeking to hurt and harm him. The very thing that he did before Jesus spoke to him in Acts 9 is the same thing that was happening to him. He was sure that he was in danger. When we are in danger, the single most prominent emotion we feel is fear.

We know that Paul was feeling fear because Jesus told him “do not be afraid”. The most important fact is that Paul received Courage from the Word of the LordNow, that is something to which I am sure we all can relate. We often need courage in the face of fear. It is only the Word of God that can embolden us to forge forward in the face of danger and harm.

The outcome of one receiving Courage from the Word of the Lord is that he/she forges forward down the path that God has sent him/her. We press on in doing God’s will. Once more, we turn to our text to demonstrate that to us. After Jesus spoke to Paul, the Word says, “So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.” In Acts 9:15, Paul was told that he was Jesus’ chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. Jesus reminded Paul of his commission and mission. Paul heard from Jesus and Courage from the Word of the LordAre you being plagued by your emotions? Get into the Word of God to be emboldened.

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