Bravery is a necessary component of following Christ. Even though it may cause great internal stress, we must try as hard as we can not to give into fear. Bravery in the face of fear does not develop overnight, but comes from trusting our relationship with God.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (Proverbs 29:25 NIV)
“If you faint in the day of adversity,
your strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10 ESV)
Imagine if Esther chose the route of a coward. Imagine if she would have remained silent, and never experienced being used by God for relief and deliverance of the Jewish people. Imagine if David would have chosen to walk away from Goliath in fear, versus facing him in boldness. Imagine if he would have never known he possessed the strength to slay a giant. Imagine if Jesus let fear consume Him, and walked away from the cross. God prepares places and opportunities for us to excel, and experience His presence like never before. It is up to us whether we will choose to act courageously or fearfully. Nevertheless, on the days we choose cowardice over bravery, God’s grace is right there to pick us up.