The LORD answered, “I will be with you.” Judges 6:16
Bravery is a common theme throughout Scripture. Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land; Gideon saved Israel from the Midianites; David fought Goliath; Nehemiah led the
Israelites from bondage and rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem; Esther approached the king despite it being against the law. These are just a few in whom God inspired bravery.
In wartime soldiers fight for what they believe is right. Families and friends support them and look forward to a time of peace. It’s easier to be brave if you are confident about what you stand for and others back your position. Why is it easy to be brave in worldly things, but when it comes to the war on our faith we shy away? When faced with overwhelming opposition, our biblical examples carried on, not because they were so strong, but because God was with them. He gave them the words, the strength, and the certainty that what they were doing was His will.
We have the task of spreading the Good News. There is no doubt we face overwhelming opposition. However, God has called us in His love and gives us what we need for the task. And He has promised, “I will be with you.” When we use the strength God provides in His Word and
Sacraments and then engage the support of fellow believers, we shall overcome!
Prayer: Lord God, we ask for steadfastness in our conviction of Your support and love for us in these days of Advent. Give us, we pray, the words and the bravery needed to proclaim Your love and protection to all. Amen.
My Bold Action for Today: When faced with criticism of your faith and hope, bravely share why you are so sure.
Rev. John Trembulak III