Biblical Bravery

What do you think of when you hear the word “brave”? Do you think of a firefighter rushing into a burning building? Perhaps you think of men and women serving our country in the military. You may even think of a majestic lion. We all have different images that come to mind when we hear the word “brave.”

Being “biblically brave” is different than just being “brave.”

The definition of “brave” itself can be defined as “ready to face and endure danger or pain by showing courage.” Courage is often defined as the ability to do something even though it frightens you.

Biblical bravery, on the other hand, can be summed up as “being ready to face danger or pain in the name of Jesus.” In order to be biblically brave, one cannot seek to glorify one’s self. They cannot rely on their own abilities. They must instead choose to rely upon the Lord.

Meet Elisabeth

A biblically Brave person is a faithful person. Faithful in the Christian context means to be full of faith in God, His love, His abilities, and His promises. I want to briefly introduce to you a biblically Brave woman. Elisabeth Elliot was an author, missionary, mother, and wife. Elisabeth was also one of the most faithful women of our time. 

During a missionary trip to Ecuador, Elisabeth’s first husband Jim and 4 others were murdered by the very tribes of people they had been ministering to. Thirteen years later, Elisabeth married for a second time. Her husband, Addison, died of cancer just 4 years after the two were wed. It’s no secret that Elisabeth Elliot wasn’t a stranger to heart ache and struggle. But what makes Elisabeth so different and what kept her from being consumed by her circumstances was that she was biblically Brave.

“Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.” 

Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth said, “Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.”

This is true dear sisters. When I think back to the most fearful moments in my life, I realize I was afraid due to my inability to control the situation. I was afraid of what might happen because I had absolutely no idea what the outcome would be. In those moments, nothing was guaranteed. But what we must realize as biblically brave people is that we aren’t in control. God is. That can be both scary and encouraging.

It can seem scary because we know that God‘s plan for us may be entirely different than the plan we have for ourselves. What we think will make us happy and what we think we need could be totally different from what the Lord knows is best for us. It’s encouraging because I know I’m not perfect. I know my flesh will fail. I will at some point mess up. I won’t always achieve everything I set out to do. Despite my best efforts I am not good enough.

The wonderful news is we aren’t good enough and that we don’t have to be good enough.

Trust in the Lord

And Isaiah chapter 7 Isaiah is sent to King Ahaz as a messenger, during the time Ahaz was king of Judah. Syria and Israel had a waged war against Judah. This was because Ahaz, and his father who was king before him, would not join the two nations in a pact against Assyria. Ahaz was understandably frightened by the large armies. So the Lord sent Isaiah to Ahaz. He wanted to reassure the king there was no need to be afraid. If Ahaz trusted in the Lord, He would defeat his enemies!

The Lord offered Ahaz a sign. This beautiful sign also serves as a reminder for us today. 

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14

Immanuel means God with us. What a wondrous thing to hear! 

Sadly, Ahaz did not listen. He didn’t put his trust in the Lord just as the Lord had wanted him to do. He instead looked at his own inability and came to the conclusion that the nation of Judah depended entirely upon him.

Being biblically brave doesn’t just mean that we’re ready to face the danger that lies ahead. We must be ready and willing to face whatever the Lord lays before us by placing our full trust in Him and do so in His name.

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Take the time to journal out your thoughts of the following questions:

1) In what areas of life are you least willing to hand over to the Lord and trust Him with fully?

2)Why do you find this to be a struggle?

3)In what way(s) do you think you can deepen your trust in the Lord?

“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 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 1:12-14

Kal-le is a wife and mama living in beautiful West Virginia. She has a passion for worshipping Jesus, sharing God’s truth with others, and writing about her own personal sin struggles. Kal-le serves her family full-time at home where she aims to glorify God in the everyday moments of life. You can follow her on Instagram @mama__schrader.