Read Joshua 1:9
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (NLT)
One of the fallacies we hear regarding courage is that it doesn’t involve fear. We can be fearful or we can be courageous, but not both. This might be a mistake.
All those winners of the Victoria Cross, all those in our rescue and emergency services who save lives, all of them were individuals who felt fear. In fact, courage only becomes meaningful when fear is present. If there is no fear, then courage is not required. Courage is regarded as praiseworthy not because it denies fear but because it conquers it.
When the people of God were about to cross the Jordan, they were urged repeatedly to show courage. It was needed because they faced a threatening situation. Not just a river crossing but an encounter with fearsome Canaanites. If there was no threat and no proper trepidation in the light of the threat, there would be no need for an exhortation to be courageous.
Courage doesn’t ignore fear: it takes note of it but doesn’t let that fear lead to paralysis. It is natural to be fearful or nervous in some situations. The issue is whether that fear or nervousness will overwhelm us or give way to a courageous response.
Courage is the capacity to do what needs to be done in a threatening or fear-filled situation. Courage is fear which has said its prayers.