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Uncommon Courage

Apr. 14, 2013

The king cobra of Asia is a fearsome animal and can grow up to 18 feet in length. That’s as long as a giraffe is tall. When threatened, the king cobra raises its body several feet off the ground, flares its neck and makes a hissing noise that sounds similar to a barking dog. It is the cobra’s way of saying, “Don’t come any closer, or you’ll be sorry!” It’s no bluff. The king cobra packs enough venom to kill an elephant.

Most animals try to avoid this predator — but not the mongoose. The cute, furry mongoose weighs no more than a house cat. It has short legs and feeds mostly on small animals, such as insects, worms and mice. It certainly doesn’t look like it could be a threat to a cobra. But what the mongoose lacks in strength it makes up for in courage.

When it meets up with a cobra, the mongoose doesn’t run away. It stands its ground and fights to protect its home and family. The cobra strikes quickly, but the mongoose is faster. Each time the cobra lunges, the mongoose dodges. Finally, the mongoose grabs the cobra. The little mongoose sinks in its teeth and overcomes the mighty snake.

The Bible tells about a young Israelite who won a fight against a giant. David was a young shepherd boy armed only with a sling and some stones. Goliath was a huge Philistine warrior with a sharp sword and spear and javelin (a shorter spear).

But David trusted God. David’s faith gave him courage to help God’s people overcome Goliath and the Philistines. You can read all about David’s heroic victory in 1 Samuel 17.

“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’” (1 Samuel 17:45, NIV).

You may face some challenges that seem big and frightening. But you don’t have to do it alone. Remember that God is bigger and more powerful than anything that comes against you. You can trust Him to help you. Ask God to give you the kind of faith and courage David had.

By Christina Quick

You can learn more about the animals in this article at these websites:
• philadelphiazoo.org/zoo/Meet-Our-Animals/Reptiles/Lizards-and-Snakes/King-Cobra.htm
• animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/king-cobra/
• animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/mongoose/
• nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/smallmammals/fact-bandedmongoose.cfm

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