“Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight.” 1 Chronicles 19:13  (KJB)

The word “Valiant” is a word not frequently used in most of today’s conversations.  There are many good words that have either been lost, or the meanings have changed, and sometimes for the worst.

“Valiant” according to Strong’s is in part “Be strong”, and it seems to mean, bravery in the midst of a battle which is good and right to fight.  A true hero is one who has showed courage, and faces the battle with strength and fortitude to overcome any and all who stand in the way of right. Let me clarify – Right according to what is right according to God and His word.

In the context of the verse above, Ammonites had hired the Syrians to help them fight against Israel; this is when David is king; and these were the words of Joab to the warriors of Israel.

They are good words for the men and women of God today as well.  We face battles every day.  Battles against evil; first, in our own hearts, and minds, and battles as we go out into the world that hates God and His word.  Some of these even wear the tag “Christian”, but they stand more with the world and the devil than they do with God and His word.

Let us join with Joab in saying and doing the “Good courage”, and behaving valiantly in every day living for our Lord.

Christian. Decide today to walk with Him, hear His word, and do it.  If you are not a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ; know this; He died for you, was buried, and He rose from the grave alive.  He died for our sins.  Call on His name.  He will hear and deliver you from all your sins.

~Tim A. Blankenship


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