Are you bold? Would you like to be bold?
Just for today, we’re not talking about bold being brash and assuming or flashy and colorful. We’re focusing on the boldness it takes to be strong and courageous.
Would those who know you best describe you as being bold? Are you strong and courageous?
I had to stop and think about it. Because I think the truth is that my answer would depend. on the circumstances. I have moments when I’m bold. I can stand before a large crowd and give a speech or play the piano. I can take down a spider and fight off conspiring squirrels.
But I struggle to get on an airplane and I find anything that has the potential to be life-altering something to be avoided if at all possible.
So, am I bold? I guess I’d have to say … sometimes!
I’m learning a very important truth as I study God’s Word and write my way through the Psalms … it’s okay that I lack my own boldness because I KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE the One who promises to give me everything I need one day at a time.
David wrote the following in Psalm 138…
In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.Psalm 138:3 (NKJV)
Though I am surrounded by troubles,Psalm 138:7–8
You will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
You reach out Your hand,
and the power of Your right hand saves me.
The Lord will work out His plans for my life—
for Your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
You see, we don’t have to be bold on our own because we’re not on our own. The Lord is with us.
In difficult situations, surrounded by troubles, when we’re afraid, God reaches out His hand to help and save us. He has plans and purposes for our lives that He is completely able to accomplish.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.Ephesians 3:19–20
So, let’s not focus on the fears that hijack our boldness, but surrender ourselves to the One who promises to give us the courage and strength we need when we need it.
Since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.Hebrews 4:14–16
A Prayer for God’s Help to Be Bold
Father God, I come before You because I’m tired of giving in to fear in my life. I want to be bold but so often I let difficult possibilities and problems keep me from moving forward in faith. Please forgive my doubts and help me trust and obey Your perfect will for me.
“Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into [Your] presence.” (Ephesians 3:12) “[You] have not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) “[You] can be trusted to keep [Your] promises.” (Hebrews 10:23)
I believe that You are able to give me everything I need. So, I will SEEK Your face and ask You to give me the courage and strength I need today. I believe You are my Help and Shield. Please protect me and hold me as I walk through these difficult days. I cling to Your promise to be with me wherever I go. I believe that it is Your will for me to be strong and courageous and if that’s true, I trust You to give me all I need to accomplish Your will.
So, by Your grace, Lord, I will cry out to You when life is difficult and I’m afraid. And because You have made me bold with strength in my soul in the past … I will trust You with my today, my tomorrow, and my forever future.
I love You and give myself to Your loving care. In Jesus’ name with faith, I pray. Amen.
So, let me ask you again…
Are you bold? Are you ready to be bold?
When you and I are surrounded by troubles that make us anxious and afraid, may we follow David’s example and cry out to our Heavenly Father and trust Him to make us bold with strength in our souls so that we might accomplish His plans and purposes. May we lean in with faith and experience the love that is able to make us safe and secure.
May we take these words of Andrew Murray to heart and be still and know the One who alone is able to make us strong.
“Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart—so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”
May the Lord bless you and help you to be bold as you live each day for His glory.
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