It’s one thing to have faith, it’s another thing to have courage

Many people confuse courage and fear. A lot of us have faith but somehow, our circumstances have not changed. This article perhaps will provide insight into a possible reason.

The story of General Barak in the book of Judges serves to illustrate this lesson. General Barak is one of the generals of the army of Israel that Deborah, the judge, had called upon to go and fight their enemies. To appreciate the story, we need to look at the background against which he had been sent to war.

‘In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were deserted, And the travelers walked along the byways. Village life ceased, it ceased in Israel, Until I, Deborah, arose, Arose a mother in Israel. They chose new gods; Then there was war in the gates; Not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel.  My heart is with the rulers of Israel who offered themselves willingly with the people. Bless the Lord!

When Jabin became king, he had forced all the men of Israel to give up every weapon they owned. There were no swords or spears to be found in all of Israel. Meanwhile Jabin had chariots and horses and the most modern equipment of his day.

The people were scared and justifiably so. Israel had been in this bondage for about half a generation. So when Deborah gave the instruction to General Barak to go and fight, his fear was understandable. Yet the scriptures describe him as a man of faith.

Well, I may not have counted him as such but Hebrews 11:32 actually lists him amongst the heroes of faith. So why couldn’t he act on his faith and go and fight the enemy? Simply because Barak lacked courage. He had faith in the prophetic word, however, beyond faith he needed courage to link with the prophetic word and work it out in obedience.

Could it be that some of us are not where we should be because we lack courage – though we are full of faith? To have faith is to believe but to have courage is to take action. A lot of us Christians have faith and we find it easy to believe but do we take the corresponding action?

Remember Joshua – the man who continually stayed in God’s presence when Moses went back to the people after seeking God. ‘The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent’ – Exodus 33.11. This was a man who literally stayed in the presence of God 24/7. He had an amazing experience of and with God. Yet, when Moses died, God did not tell him to have more faith, He told Joshua to be strong and courageous.

Therefore, as we move into a new year, may God fill our hearts with courage to possess the promises that He has given us. Remember God’s words to Joshua ‘only be strong and courageous’.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed and have a great year.



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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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