When Lady Macbeth conspired with her husband in Shakespeare's famous drama, she urged them both to "screw your courage to the sticking place and we'll not fail." But fail they did, in spite of their resolve, for their cause was betrayal and murder. No matter how courageous they might have wanted to be, their hearts were driven by selfish ends rather than noble visions.
Courage is a virtue, not merely because it brings out the strength of righteousness in us, but because it reflects God's will for us to conquer those things that demean, diminish, and dehumanize, whether in ourselves or in our society. For the Christian there is an excellent example of courage—that of Caleb, the great general in the army of ancient Israel.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Numbers 13–14; Joshua 14:6–15, 15:13–19; Judges 3:7–11
• A Man's World: Learning Activity
—Read an anecdotal story by Erwin McManus about becoming dangerous.
• A Man's Word: Sample Question
— What challenges are you facing right now?
• A Man's Work: Action Point
—Ask each person in the group to write a letter to himself and date it for opening a year from now.
Approximate time to complete: up to 45-60 minutes
Total number of pages – 9