He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.”

[2 Kgs 6:16 NET]

It is not enough just to put on a bold face and compel ourselves to be brave or appear brave. It will not do merely to try to make ourselves think there is no danger–when we know very well that there is danger. We cannot play tricks on ourselves. The true secret of confidence and fearlessness in danger–is faith in the divine keeping, not in thinking there is no peril. “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33

The great truth to be learned by all who would acquire true moral courage–is the reality of God’s care for his people in all their dangers. The ninetieth and the one hundred and twenty-first Psalms describe this care. “The Lord is your keeper.” “The Lord shall keep you from all evil.” “He who keeps you will not slumber.” I have slept in a camp with armed enemies on all sides; but I was not afraid, for I knew that waking sentinels formed a complete circle all around the camp. Likewise in any danger we may feel safe–because God wakes and watches!

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