Brave; Guest Piece

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

All throughout scripture, we find that God called the unequipped, the overlooked and the undervalued to complete heavenly ordained missions set before them. I’m grateful that God is no respecter of persons; He has a special favor for the unlikely. Moses, for example, murdered a man and was a stutterer of speech, yet God saw a leader and a deliverer of His nation of Israel. Rahab was a prostitute, but God saw a direct descendent to the line of Jesus. David and murdered a man and committed adultery, yet God saw a King. Our backgrounds may not look as extreme as some of those listed here, but no matter the issue, if God can call them to shape the course of history, He can and will call you, despite what you have done or how unequipped you feel. The question is, though, how will you respond? 

From a young age, I have always had an undeniable sense and knowing that deep within me is a purpose for my life. You may have it too. We are all born with purpose, It is instilled into our spirits by God himself whether you feel it or not. The purpose is as vital to us as the very air we breathe. You will know it is your God ordained purpose by how impossible the overall picture looks. 

Is there something on the inside of you that does not want to settle with how things are looking in your life right now? Do you have a desire to leave a lasting legacy but your circumstances are not allowing you to take a step forward? Or, perhaps your God given purpose is to have children, but the doctors have told you it is impossible. 

Whatever dream you have in your heart, know that it is possible with God. The heroes of the Bible were all faced with uncertainty and even insecurity. When God showed up to Moses in a burning bush, Moses was so unsure of himself that even despite the amazing miracle God was revealing right before his very eyes, he questioned, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God’s response was, “I will surely be with you.”

I was a relatively shy and quiet teenager plagued with insecurity and remained that way throughout my early twenties. I had become so insecure that I felt completely inadequate of any task set before me and often had panic attacks. The thought of meeting new people tormented me and when my husband I and I started working for a friend of ours doing itinerant ministry with him, I was asked to manage the book sales on the road. What may sound petty and not very daunting to anyone else was a huge stretch for me as I had to continually rely on volunteers that I had never met before to help me set up, sell and pack down. Over the course of the year, I grew to love meeting all the beautiful new people because of how warm and friendly they all were. It was a time of great growth for me, as uncomfortable as it was to begin with. 

You may not be fearful of meeting new people as I was, but what is it that is holding you back? Is there an area of your life that is causing you to shrink back in fear as I almost did? Step out, push back the fear and be courageous. The very thing that is holding you back in fear is most likely the very thing that God is calling you to. When an archer is about to use their bow and arrow they must pull back the arrow and place tension on the bow. Without this friction, the arrow would not be able to shoot very far forward, if at all. Likewise, without some sort of tension and friction in our own lives, though it is uncomfortable, we would not be able to fly very far forward without it. 

Do not let fear hold you back, for your greatest victories and days lie just ahead of you daring to push past your boundaries and brave the unknown. 

Can a man still be brave if he is afraid?’ That is the only time a man can be brave. –George R.R. Martin. 

The dictionary describes brave as ‘possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance’. 

Perhaps there is an area in your life that needs the banner of ‘brave’ posted over it? Maybe it is stepping out and starting a business, leaving an abusive relationship, finding your voice, pursuing your dreams, or, like me at the moment, raising your children. It could be simple or complex, but either way, please know that you are not alone in feeling somewhat ill equipped, apprehensive or simply fearful about an area in your own life. 

Habakkuk says, “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror, but to walk) and make (spiritual progress upon my high places (of trouble, suffering, or responsibility)!"

If, like Moses, you are asking God, “but who am I?” be encouraged in His response to you, because it is the same as it was to Moses then... “I am with you!” 

Now go and run, do not stand still in terror, for the Lord your God has called you to fulfill your destiny. You have everything you need and you are more than equipped, for the God of the angel armies stands with you. 

{Author: @sheknowsherworth}

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About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Christy is a wife and mother of two daughters. She spent much of her life living insecure, but after overcoming many inward fears, now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and encouragement into her fellow sisters through writing.


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