Courage for the battle

Imagine three scenarios.

In the first, there you stand with your fellow troops about to head into a life-or-death battle. But you don’t know who your leader is going to be. Out he comes from the tent behind you. None of you has any idea who he is. That certainly doesn’t give you much confidence in him (or the battle). He’s an unknown entity. 

In scenario number two a leader emerges whom you all know to be incompetent. [Insert sound of defeated forehead smacking here.]

In scenario number three a leader emerges who you know is outstanding. He has experience, communicates clearly, is a war hero, always cares for his troops, and leads the charge himself. High fives all around!

You have courage for the battle when you have confidence in your leader.

The book of Hebrews was written, in part, to help a group of people re-gain confidence in their leader: Christ. They were facing hardship and persecution and were at risk of fleeing for the hills, partly because they were misunderstanding, and therefore undervaluing, Christ.

Behold chapter 1, verse 3: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

In other words, there was not—nor could there ever be—a better leader to help us charge through the challenges of life.

Then or now.

Is your understanding of our Leader non-existent, blurry, mis-informed or partial? If so, it’s time to clarify.

You have courage for the battle when you have confidence in your leader. 


–Today’s devotional is thematically connected to my latest sermon, “The radiance of Jesus.” Or, you can click here to listen to an in-depth biblical study on Hebrews 1:1-3 as a part of The Pulse Podcast.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV. 

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