CS Lewis, in his great book The Screwtape Letters, wrote these words:
“courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality.”
Courage is what is required to do that which is right, to do that which God desires, that which is that next step of faithfulness. That is what God wants for us. That which God wants from us.
God wants us to take that next step. God wants us to be faithful. God wants us to be brave. God wants us to have courage.
No matter what we are facing, no matter what is next, no matter what is going on, I promise you this. God wants us to take that next step. God wants us to have courage. In many ways, the story of Christmas is the story of courage. It took great courage for Joseph to be faithful to God’s plan, to do what God wanted him to do, and to be obedient. Listen to what he had to do, in Matthew 1: 19-25:
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Because God had other plans.
And Joseph followed. He had courage. He took that step.
And God did amazing things.
Today, have faith. Have courage. Believe. Hope. Trust.
And God will be faithful. May we do the same.
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