Do you believe in God or just say you believe in God? Does your faith contain the courage needed for follow through?
The story of Prince Jonathan provides an incredible insight into faithful courage. During a war between Israel and the Philistines, Jonathan approaches the Philistine camp out-numbered, out-gunned, and out-positioned. He and his one armor bearer had one sword between the two of them, they had to climb a rocky cliff in daylight and the enemy was watching them as they climbed! But then, once Jonathan reached the top, twenty of the enemy warriors fell before him and sent the rest of the army into a panic.
Jonathan’s and his armor bearer’s courage did not come from their might, their strategy, or their past experience in battle. It came from them knowing that God is for them. God had already promised victory to the Israelite army but Jonathan was the only one who believed it. Jonathan’s faith inspired the armor bearer and their courageous action inspired the rest of the army.
Listen as Casey reminds you that faith has all the courage you need to follow God wherever he leads you.
The truth of God is hard to accept. You live your whole life believing that your good work and best effort will earn you God’s favor only to be told that it’s all a lie and that the righteous will live by faith alone. Or you grow up thinking God is a fairy tale only to be told that without Jesus you can’t be saved. Imagine everything you believed in challenged by the teachings of Jesus. When Peter and John began preaching the good news of Jesus, the religious leaders of the day felt threatened. Not only was their position of authority threatened, but also their way of life. Peter and John spoke on behalf God. They declared men and women as forgiven. They even healed people in miraculous ways by the power of Jesus. The leaders and protectors of tradition didn’t like it and they demanded that it be stopped – even by death.
Truth always reveals opposition. The gospel of Jesus will bring relief and salvation to many but strife and anger to others. When persecution comes, remember to stand as Peter and John stood. They did not fight. They did not speak in arrogance. Rather they stood in truth and courageously said, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”