God's Brave Warriors for the Kingdom
Updated: Apr 2, 2019
I stood at the front door of a new client, my hand poised to knock on their door, and my stomach turned somersaults.
“This is too hard,” I thought. "They don’t know me. What if they don’t like me? I should just walk away now.” I internally talked back to myself. “No, I baked these cookies to thank them. This is part of my job. No excuses, just do it.”
I knocked. And made a friend, two of them. Over the past four years, that friendship has deepened, for me and for the organization I represent. And to think I almost couldn’t do it.
Has anything ever felt too hard? I’m not a brave person, but I serve a God who helps me be brave.
Being brave is taking the right action in the face of our fears.
King David, when he was just a shepherd boy in the fields, was said to be brave. A servant told King Saul in 1 Samuel 16:18, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that – he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.” (NLT)
Later, when David was running for his life from the jealous King Saul (oops, maybe he shouldn’t have hired David for that harp-playing position), 1 Chronicles 12:8 tells us some brave warriors joined up with David at his stronghold in the wilderness. “They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were swift as gazelles in the mountains.”
But wait, I’m not a warrior. Warriors are called to battle and I might get hurt.
Brave means “having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty, having or showing courage.” Likewise, courage means “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” Okay, then what does venture mean? Venture means “1) to proceed especially in the face of danger, to expose, to hazard, risk, gamble; 2) to undertake the risks and dangers of, and; 3) to offer at the risk of rebuff, rejection, or censure.”
Bingo. That last definition for venture hit me hard. “To offer at the risk of rebuff, rejection, or censure.” I don’t want to get hurt, be rebuffed or rejected, and heaven forbid someone disagree with me. But wait, isn’t that what Jesus did for me? He was hurt, rebuffed, rejected, and people definitely disagreed with him. Why should I expect to be treated better than my Lord?
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” – Benjamin Franklin
Old Ben had it right. As Shakespeare said in King Lear, “Nothing will come of nothing.”
So I’m venturing out into a brave, new world for me. Cyberspace. While I’m only comfortable on Facebook posting pictures of my granddaughters, God is calling me to be brave and venture outside my well-defined comfort zone. So here it is, blog number 1.
Is God asking you to be brave too? Move into something new? Is it time to venture forth into new waters, but you need a push? Here’s that heavenly push!
Join me on this journey to take new ground and become the warrior God designed you to be for His Kingdom. Will you be brave with me?
Joshua had to follow in the footsteps of a great leader, Moses. He must have needed his courage shored up because Moses told Joshua to be “strong and courageous” in Deut. 3:17, then God personally told him FIVE times to be “brave and courageous.” (Deut. 32:23, Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 18)
God told Joshua this, and it is a message for us too, “This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua may have had a hard time picking up Moses’ mantle of leadership and moving into his own calling, but he was finally able to pour out what he had received from God as he became the warrior he was designed to be. In Joshua 10:25, Joshua told his men, “Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged. Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies.” He said this as they destroyed their enemies in the land of Canaan.
God may not be calling us to physically war with our enemies, but the battle is real. Bravery is necessary to fight the good fight of faith. Join me as we equip ourselves for spiritual warfare.
Hold the Warrior’s hand.
You’ve got this.
Bible Verse of the Day
“Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14