28 August 2014

Behold the Brave and the Mighty

The Brave One is not the biggest, 

nor the strongest, 

nor the greatest.

The Brave One is the one who stands though he is smaller 
than the force against him.

He sees the danger that can sweep him away.

It is rushing at him.

It is a force to be reckoned with.

And because he is brave,

He will stand against it.

He can do nothing less.

He is a soldier.

He has given his oath.

He knows the risk.

He is aware of the cost.

He is willing.

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; 
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
psalm 27:5niv

The Brave Ones do not think they are brave. 
 They are just doing what needs to be done.

They are men, women, boys, girls......people who keep doing what must be done....

because, well, it must.

They are often thrust into a sea of the unfamiliar.  

They often feel alone.  

They never feel brave.

And yet, those of us who look can see how brave they really are.

We see them surrounded by evil and illness and poverty and despair and loneliness.

We watch and are encouraged.

We wonder where their bravery comes from.

We wonder if we could be strong like them.

We wonder if they are aware that we are watching them.

There is a river whose streams make glad 
the city of God, 
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, 
she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar,
kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice,
the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46: 4-7niv

Gideon was a Brave One. 

We watch him through the pages of Scripture and we see both his fear and his courage.  

He was hiding wheat in a winepress to keep it from the enemy.

And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, 

The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” 

And Gideon said to him, 
“Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? 
And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, 
‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? ’ 

But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
 And the Lord turned to him and said, 
Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian;
 do not I send you?

Judges 6:12-14esv(emphasis mine)

Gideon tells the Lord that his tribe is the weakest and that he, himself, is the least of his tribe.

Have you ever felt that way?

Gideon obeys God....

he falters and doubts along the way, 
but he obeys.

God gave Gideon the victory over the enemy and peace in the land.

Do not fear the the rushing waters.

God has planted you, O Christian, on the Rock.

The Bible says that, 

"God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise,
 and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong." 1Corinthians1:27nasb


  1. Amen, Deborah. Those who are brave are those who simply do it afraid. I love the story of Gideon. Such a beautiful testament to God's patience and grace. Thank you for sharing this. Just lovely.

  2. This is a bit overwhelming right now, especially with the deaths of the 21 Egyptian Christians fresh on my heart. I feel so flooded with emotion thinking of how they were the brave ones. They stood in the face of certain death and still sang out Christ's praises. This is a beautifully written post and bears so much truth. I am thankful God planted them on the Rock as an example to us all of true, unyielding faith. I am thankful they are no longer suffering. I am broken for their families. I pray that we all follow such bravery- theirs and Gideon's, as Christ leads us to victory.

    1. That is my prayer, also. This particular post was written last summer when a suicide bomber drove his truck into my son's military convoy in Afghanistan. Every day there are people who run into danger to protect others. Whether is it physical, emotional, or spiritual, Christians can show who we belong to by giving up ourselves for others.
      Thank you for sharing your heart, Kristi.

  3. I've always liked Gideon. His story inspires me when I don't feel brave or strong. I just need to trust my God. He is my strength. Even my doubts don't dissuade Him. All for His glory.

    1. Yes, He remembers that we are dust....He is our strength.