Bible verses about courage such as Psalm 31:24, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” get to the heart of the matter, literally.
Be strong and take courage all while waiting (that may be the hardest part)!
Courage. What a powerful word…
Courage & Strength from the Lord
In every generation, all of us are challenged by this directive at various times and seasons in our lives. School, Family, Jobs, Marriage, Children, Societal norms and War, along with many others, all give us ample opportunities from lesser to greater degrees to be courageous.
A primary and very real example of courage that gets a lot of airtime in our society these days is having the ability to express yourself without fear of people’s judgments. “To Be Your Authentic Self” as it’s often said. This is indeed one form of courage, but courage in a deeper sense, a spiritual sense lies in what you are willing to let go of, for the good news of Jesus Christ. It takes this unflinching and unfailing courage to lay your life down, and live in Him, to “bear your cross daily.”
Only when we truly have the courage to empty our selfish tendencies and ego, can we be fully courageous for God. When we can let go of our own goals, ambitions, and securities, we can find the courage to let God do with us what He wills. His will is our ultimate purpose in life, when we pray, “May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
The opposite end of the life spectrum is death. Dealing with death takes an immense amount of strength and courage. Way too often, death is a reality that touches us all through family, friends, acquaintances and sometimes even total strangers.
For believers, our earthly death brings us to life with our Heavenly Father. This is where our true citizenship is. That is the kind of courage we are called to pursue, a courage that says “O’ death where is your sting?” because we know our life is entirely in God’s hands. It is the same courage that David had with Goliath, Daniel had in the Lion’s Den, and Moses had against Pharaoh. These Bible verses about courage remind us that Scripture is full of stories that serve as our examples.
May these Bible verses about courage provide you the strength and bravery to be who God has called you to be. Because death is a triumph and victory brings us into the presence of our Heavenly Father, we are willing to stand firm, even if it means death. May God bless you abundantly.
Old Testament Verses
Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
~ Joshua 1:6
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
~ Joshua 1:7
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
~ Joshua 1:8-9
And whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not, be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.
~ Numbers 13:20
For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, “I will build you a house.” Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.
~ 2 Samuel 7:27
Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.
~ 2 Samuel 10:12
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
~ Deuteronomy 31:6
Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.
~ Deuteronomy 31:7
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
~ Deuteronomy 31:8
For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you.
~ 1 Chronicles 17:25
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.
~ 2 Chronicles 15:7
And who extended to me his steadfast love before the king and his counselors, and before all the king’s mighty officers. I took courage, for the hand of the LORD my God was on me, and I gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.
~ Ezra 7:28
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
~ Psalm 27:14
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
~ Psalm 31:24
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight.
Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.
~ Ezekiel 22:14
And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
~ Daniel 10:19
David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
~ 1 Chronicles 28:20
New Testament Verses
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
~ Ephesians 6:10
The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”
~ Acts 23:11
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:6
Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:8
It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
~ Philippians 1:20
By reading and studying these Bible verses about courage, the Lord continues to teach us more about who we are in Him.