Christian evangelist Billy Graham once said, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” Courage is contagious. It’s why we honor our military, cheer for the man who stands up for the underdog, and want to be like the woman who faces her fear and overcomes. “Do not be afraid” is penned in scripture 365 times. When God repeats himself, it is wise for us to listen. A weekday warrior walks in confidence, not fear, because they know fear does not have any control when we don’t feed it. Fear paralyzes. Courage frees people to act. A weekday warrior is marked by courage because of several specific qualities.
1. They know their God.
The elite Navy SEALs are arguably some of the best-trained warriors. They are given some of the most difficult, dangerous tasks to complete in order to protect, serve, and defend. Fear is most likely not absent from these warriors, but they engage and enter the situations given to them with confidence and courage because they know their training, they trust their team, and they can follow the orders given. In the same way, believers can walk in confidence and courage that overrides fear when they know their God, that His plans are good, that His sovereignty is intact, and that He gives us all the tools we need to fight. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” These weekday warriors are marked by confidence because of security in their identity and calling (Ephesians 6:16). They belong to God (Isaiah 43:1). They know His character intimately (Psalm 91:14-16). They know He has given them a team (Ephesians 2:19-22). Therefore, they fight.
2. They are marked by humility and peace.
Battle doesn’t leave room for arrogant heroes. It calls for humble warriors. The one who operates independently, thinking he can do it on his own, only draws danger to himself and his team. The warrior who courageously enters enemy territory is marked by a deeply rooted humility and confidence in his own abilities and in the team around him. Proverbs 18:12 says, “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, but humility goes before honor.” His need to trust instead of control allows him to enter battle at peace instead of marked by anxiety. Isaiah 32:17 says, “And the work of righteousness will be peace, and the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”
3. They know the war is won.
In many battles, the top-ranking officers are the decision-makers, not the ones standing next to their men on the frontlines. But God made it clear that He goes with us and fights for us. Deuteronomy 20:4 says, “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Even so, we live in an age of causalities, cruelty, and tears because we live in a broken world and we are a broken people. Thankfully, we can cling to what Jesus said in Revelation 21:4: “and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” The war is won, despite the ongoing battle. Jesus is coming again.
C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” It comes out in our most difficult moments, but we can claim courage and walk in it. In our workdays, home life, around family and friends, and in the middle of unbelievers, we can walk forward courageously because we know our God. We know He gives humility and peace to those who seek and ask. And we know that He is sovereign over the affairs of man and has won the war.