“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NKJV
Just as Joshua was commanded to be strong and courageous, Timothy was instructed not to let anyone look down on him because of his young age.
1 Timothy 4:12-13 NKJV “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
Paul also said in 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Scripture is clear, we must be courageous. Jude writes that we are to contend for the faith, once delivered to us. Jeremiah was told not to look at the faces of the people, but to prophecy the Word of the Lord.
These are days where courage is required. We must not bow down to a godless culture, we must not psychologize the Scripture, nor exchange the Biblical gospel for a social one.
The Word of God is truth and it is unchanging. Stand for truth. Boldly share the gospel, and stand against sin with your feet firmly planted. The Word of God is not shifting sand but it abides forever.
Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As Christians we are to submit to His Lordship. We are to follow His commands. We are to declare what He has said.