We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
When it comes to courage, you cannot chart it. When it displayed, a person is seen as a hero, and when it missing, a person is called a coward.
Courage is what Elijah had when he stormed into the presence of the king and said, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor train in the few next years except at my word”(1 Kings 17:1). Courage is what Daniel had when he threw opened his windows and prayed three times a day, even though the king had passed a law forbidding prayer.
Men and women today must find courage to speak their convictions, to stand for what is right and to abide by godly principles. Individuals who are courageous often pay a price for their courage. But real courage does not consider the cost; it considers only the rightness of the action that must take.
Where do you get courage? Paul said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”(Romans 8:31). Like any man who stands courage for a cause, Paul experienced trouble; yet, he still stood boldly for what he believed in. You can too, as you thank GOD and take courage.