The Courage Source-Monday Devotion

lutheran indian ministries monday devotion

The Courage Source

Joshua 1:9

 We are so privileged to be serving the Native people on the Olympic Peninsula.  For over 12 years, we have formed relationships and served some of the most amazing and loving people we have ever met.

Recently, we have been dealing with some major health problems in our family, but, because we know who we are in Christ, we are able to walk confidently and courageously under God’s grace knowing He is in full control of the situation. We know that He will be with us wherever we go.

Countless times, we have sat with people on the reservations facing similar health issues. Those that love and trust in the Lord face their problems with strength and courage. They are at peace with whatever the outcome may be, but these people are few. Because of the close-knit community, it can be hard to be a believer, and it often takes a great deal of courage to stand up and make known their love and trust in God’s promises. 

Too often, we have held the hands of those that face the unknown with paralyzing fear and an uncertainty of what the future will bring. Without the promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ, they cling to what they know and often blame others for their troubles. People who don’t understand Christ’s love, often turn to other things to ease the fear of the unknown.  Whether it is drugs, alcohol, or some other source of spirituality, none of these will be a lasting solution, only making them more fearful. These other sources of “strength” are Satan’s devices to steer people away from finding the real truth and the real source of our courage.

What many people fail to see is that if we walk in the hope of God’s promises, we cannot live in fear of the unknown. We will not be anxious about what will happen tomorrow, because we can face the future with the confidence and courage of an everlasting life in Christ.

Lutheran Indian Ministries doesn’t just share the Gospel, we conquer fear and anxiety with the power of God.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the promise of your everlasting presence in my life. When things start to get scary, or I get anxious, help me to cling to this promise and to you, where I can find my strength and security.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Tom (Ioway) & Cathy (Cherokee) Benzler

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NIV)