“For God gave us a spirit, not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
2 Timothy 1:7
A few weeks ago, in our Women’s Bible study, we looked at Godly courage by reading the story of David and Goliath with fresh eyes. Since most of us living in small town America are not facing military battles, what does courage look like in our daily lives? After observing life around me, I concluded that many of us need to be courageous in our conversations.
I think we often need courage to say “no.” Other times we need courage to say “yes.” Spouses discussing honestly, bravely. Friends sharing vulnerably. Courage to speak Truth in love to one another. Adults needing courage to talk to managers, students needing courage to talk to teachers, adult children needing courage to talk to aging parents.
This may sound trite. How can a person be afraid to have a conversation?
When the Israelites were being taunted by Goliath, they were afraid of failing. Much was at stake – not only one’s life but the downstream consequences for all of Israel (1 Samuel 17:8-11).
Our conversations can have risks too – we don’t want to fail at the conversation, damage our reputation, hurt someone’s feelings, or trigger some other negative downstream impact.
Did you realize Goliath taunted the Israelites morning and night for over a month? (v16) That reminds me that we shouldn’t avoid conversations because the need for them won’t go away!
We need Godly courage to open the dialogue and conduct it in a way that ultimately brings glory back to God.
We need to trust that God has our back.
I encourage you to pay attention to the conversations you’re having or need to have. Encourage others to be brave in their conversations. Pray for Godly courage in the midst of it all.
And if you haven’t read the story of David and Goliath in awhile (in a ‘grown up’ Bible), check it out! 1 Samuel 17.