Be Strong and Courageous
“Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20, ESV)
Any great work of God is going to be much greater than what we are capable of accomplishing alone. To stand on the front side of the vision and the task is to be overwhelmed with what is before us. But God has a word to those he calls to do extraordinary things. “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God…is with you.” These were David’s words to Solomon his son when passing on the task of building the temple.
A young man was given a daunting task. Be strong and courageous and do it. It should remind us to turn back to an earlier time in history. To turn back to the time of Moses who was given a daunting task and stood on the bank of a river looking into the fulfillment of the promise but knowing he would not cross over. But standing right next to him was another man, Moses’ assistant who had been walking with him. Joshua looked across the river to the promise and his heart was slightly stirred. There would be a voice from heaven that would speak to him about the insurmountable task ahead of God’s people that lay across that river. “I command you – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord our God is with you wherever you go.”
These are the words God spoke to Joshua when the mantle of leadership was laid upon his shoulders at the death of Moses. Joshua was going to be the one leading them into the promised land.
When God repeats himself, it is wise to pay attention because it is a clue we are getting a glimpse at the character of God. Such is the case here. God is the God who gives overwhelming tasks to ordinary people. And then he says, “Be strong and courageous and do it! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God – I AM – with you. Wherever you go. Do it.” No matter the task. He is – I AM – is enough.
Are you standing at the threshold of a great dream or task? Is it overwhelming to even consider what might be ahead of you? You are in good company. When David gave Solomon the task and the blessing to build the temple, Solomon didn’t move.
It took Solomon 4 years to start (1 Kings 6:1). He spent the next 7 years building the temple (1 Kings 6:38). It took him an additional 13 years to finish building his own house (1 Kings 7:1). 20 years after he started he was done building (1 Kings 9:10).
“Be strong and courageous and do it.”
Two small words from God make all the difference in the face of the insurmountable. They can set you apart from the vast majority of people in the world. Do it.
- Do you need to restore your marriage? Do it.
- Do you need to build a building? Do it.
- Do you need to establish a ministry? Do it.
- Do you need to love your child? Do it.
- Do you need to conquer an addiction? Do it.
- Do you need to run a marathon? Do it.
- Every day wake up…and do it.
God is always going to do his part. “…for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you…”
Are you going to do your part? Do it.
As the Lead Pastor of Cold Springs Church (CSC), one of the many things I love about us is the attitude it isn’t about us. Jesus wants us to build his Kingdom first and CSC has shown radical generosity in our community, Mexico, Ethiopia, and across our nation. We work to see that people all over the world know the love of Jesus – how awesome is that!
Leadership Catapult was started by David Cooke in 2003 to help leaders and organizations move from a focus on information to a focus on transformation.
There is a never ending list of great books, conferences, podcasts, videos, experts, seminars, webinars, gurus, etc. Information isn’t the problem – we’ve never had more access to information. The challenge is taking that information and being able to apply it and execute it in the unique context we find ourselves.
Leadership Catapult is all about recognizing your unique context, helping you take your next step forward and pursuing transformation resulting in living better and leading better.
David has been the Lead Pastor of Cold Springs Church, Placerville, CA since June of 1998. He has been engaged in ministry of various kinds for over 25 years, working at both the local church level and denominational level. He has also worked in the marketplace and has experience with developing business systems, personnel and organizational leadership. He loves to be outdoors, learn new things, work hard and be with his wife and four kids.
He is a graduate of Oregon State University (go Beavers!) with a BA and BS in Business Management and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) with a Masters of Divinity. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Coaching from Western Seminary (Portland, OR).
David loves seeing people discover new pathways to accomplishing what is most important to them. He has coached pastors and leaders from multiple backgrounds including Baptist, Open Bible, Independent, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Wesleyan, Methodist, Ethiopian Kale Heywot Church and Australian Salvation Army denominations.
David values working with people and organizations who are committed to discovering their fullest potential. It is for this reason he started Leadership Catapult.
David served as a Mentoring Pastor with Growing Healthy Churches for 14 years. He was also been trained as a Capital Campaign Consultant and Church Consultant. He completed Gallup’s StrengthFinder Coaching training and On Purpose Ministry’s Coaching Training. He has the Global Certificate in Leadership Coaching credential from Internal Impact and is a member of the International Coach Federation. He also is certified in the Emotional Intelligence assessment tool, EQ-i 2.0. He has over 1,000 hours of experience coaching individuals and teams.
He started Leadership Catapult to help leaders focus on what was most important and facilitate the turnaround of their organizations and churches. He has worked with pastors and leaders throughout the United States, Ethiopia and Australia. He has been able to bring to the coaching and mentoring relationships not simply a theoretical basis but the personal reality of being a practitioner of what he is talking about. He has been through a number of personal and organizational transitions and continues to lead his church forward. Transitioning and change is not a theory, it is an on-going practical reality and challenge for him.
The mission of Leadership Catapult is “Encouraging People to Reach Higher, Go Further.”
David’s personal mission is “To equip men and women to love God passionately, know his Word deeply and minister effectively so that the world is won to Christ and God is glorified.” Galatians 2:20 and Colossians 1:28-29 are guiding verses for the way he seeks to live his life.