These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand. It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks, and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
– 1 Chronicles 12:14-15
And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
– Philippians 1:14
“The movie was just okay, not particularly esteemed by the public or critics; nonetheless, buried within the plot and characters of Benjamin Mee’s “We Bought a Zoo” was a line of dialogue that even the apostle Paul could give two thumbs up: “You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just literally 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
“Facing your fears in sharing the Gospel of Christ can be as terrifying as facing a hungry lion. Without doubt, as you purpose to speak of God’s mercy, the enemy will show up. Fright is an effective gag for silencing your message of hope.”
“Today, pray for believers across America to be courageous in sharing their faith. The Bible promises that if you will face that beast with just a few seconds of faithful prayer, he will flee the scene and the Spirit will step in. As a bonus, when others see your bravery, they may be encouraged to speak up, too. Next time you feel the heat, take a moment and move from fright into faith. God’s greatest awaits you.
– Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
Today is Veteran’s Day. I salute all who serve and have served in the military. My wife and I are both veterans. We know the cost, even in times of peace. Bravery comes in all sizes and shapes. It comes in a variety of circumstances.
The Old Testament Scripture is just one example of the brave men who fought under king David and exhibited bravery in the line of duty. There could be a few chapters as examples. The story of Jonathan and his armor bearer trusting in God and routing the Philistines is a great example (1 Samuel 14:1-23). It wasn’t until Jonathan and his armor bearer had the enemy on the run when Saul’s army stopped cringing in fear long enough to enter the battle. Okay, the Scriptures don’t say cringing, but they did not enter the battle until the enemy was ‘melting away’.
It took Jonathan having faith to win the battle that day.
It may not seem like the same thing, but it takes courage to speak to someone about how Jesus has changed your life. The Scripture from Philippians says that the people were “bold to speak the word without fear.” This is in the face of impending imprisonment.
I have been in situations where I was afraid, but I spoke anyway.
But note regarding the 1 Chronicles Scripture above. In the following chapter of 1 Chronicles, we start to see how David led his army. He would pray first. He would wait for an answer. I know that any amount of prayer is better than nothing, but I disagree with the devotion regarding a few seconds of prayer being effective. In a pinch, when someone confronts you unexpectedly and you quickly say, “Oh, Lord, Help!” before speaking, your three-word prayer speaks volumes. But don’t plan to give a talk, practice it, and then turn to God 10 seconds before the scheduled event.
In speaking, I am always well practiced, but I do better when I spend as much time praying as the time spent practicing. And in writing, when I am in prayer while writing, I often go a different direction than the one I intended when the fingers touched the keyboard. God guides me, because I rely on Him.
When we are doing God’s will, God is going to give us what we need, including courage. I do not know which Medal of Honor recipient said this, but the quote I remember is “Heroes are scared, too. They were so scared, they ran in the wrong direction.”
In what direction is God leading you today?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.