Courage-300x184In the seventh year of Athaliah’s  reign, Jehoiada the priest decided to act. He got up his courage and made a pact with five army commanders…Then Johoiada made a covenant between himself and the king and the people that they would be the Lord’s people (2 Chronicles 23: 1,16).

Ask the typical churchgoer to describe what worship involves, and you most likely will receive answers such us: singing, confession, praying, thanksgiving, praising, celebrating, dancing. The list goes on. But would you include “courage to take a stand” as part of worship? Sometimes our worship requires just that.

Jehoiada the priest decided to act to restore the throne to a descendent of David, according to God’s promise to his people. God used Jehoiada’s courage and willingness to act to bring about his purposes. After Joash became king, Jehoiada continued to demonstrate worship through action, making a covenant with the king and the people that they would be the Lord’s people. Because of Jehoiada’s actions, the Temple of God was restored during Joash’s reign, and the people lived in peace.

In your relationship with God, when have you had to exercise courage? What actions in personal or public worship would require bravery on your part if God called on you to participate or lead? God treasures the private time you spend with him reading his word, praying, and honoring his power and greatness. Yet, he also desires your honoring his presence out in public. If that thought immediately grips your soul with dread, then you are a candidate for God’s gift of courage.

Ask God what he wants you to do to demonstrate your love for him, and then trust him for the courage to carry it out. Perhaps you need to take a stand against the type of jokes told around the office, or confront a friend who is walking away from God. Whatever and wherever, God is calling you to take a stand today. Remember- he will supply the courage when you need it.

Lord, help me to learn to worship you with my actions. Show me what I should do today that will bring honor and glory to you. Help me to respond to your love with acts of love toward others.    AMEN !


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