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The basis of true courage

From the May 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal


What can we do when we're scared? How can we be brave when we are up against something really frightening, something that seems to threaten our health, our business, our finances, our morals, our children, our relationships, our very sanity?

How did David do it, when he went out alone to face the most fearsome warrior in the enemy's ranks? How did Moses keep his nerve at the water's edge, while Pharaoh's horsemen bore down on the Hebrews? How did Daniel have the courage to endure a night in the lions' den? And how could Christ Jesus have had the poise to surrender himself deliberately into the hands of the power establishment that was plotting his death?

It couldn't have been mere bravery, or stoicism. There are times when human courage seems far from adequate. It was something else that added steely substance to their bravery. Something that stiffened their stand with authority over the enemy. What was it? A deep trust in God, an advanced spiritual understanding of Him, that kept them confident of victory at the very worst moments of the battle. They were not impressed by the boastful threats of the physical senses and looked expectantly to God for all solutions.

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