Courage is like life; it must have hope for nourishment. (Napoleon Bonaparte, 18th-19th century French Revolution military commander)

It’s an interesting comparison, isn’t it? When life is tough and disappointments almost overcome you, just a little bit of genuine hope can see you through. Likewise, hope can replace fear as you face life’s challenges. But hope must have some sense of reality, not based on wishful thinking but on God’s Word as a rich source of hope and courage.

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:24). … This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. (Hebrews 6:19)