“we were made to be courageous
we were made to lead the way
we could be the generation
that finally breaks the chains
we were made to be courageous
we were made to be courageous

we were warriors on the front lines
standing, unafraid
but now we’re watchers on the sidelines
while our families slip away
where are you, men of courage?
you were made for so much more
let the pounding of our hearts cry
we will serve the Lord

we were made to be courageous
and we’re taking back the fight
we were made to be courageous
and it starts with us tonight
the only way we’ll ever stand
is on our knees with lifted hands
make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

this is our resolution
our answer to the call
we will love our wives and children
we refuse to let them fall
we will reignite the passion
that we buried deep inside
may the watchers become warriors
let the men of God arise…

seek justice
love mercy
walk humbly with your God

in the war of the mind
i will make my stand
in the battle of the heart
and the battle of the hand…

we were made to be courageous
and we’re taking back the fight
we were made to be courageous
and it starts with us tonight
the only way we’ll ever stand
is on our knees with lifted hands
make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous
we were made to be courageous
Lord, make us courageous…”

~ “courageous”.. by casting crowns

Saturday night, my brother was playing with a band at another church in our area.. they were having a worship & prayer night, and it was just really a nice time. It was exactly what I’d needed.. God has been calming my heart so much lately – through that service, through spending just spending time with Him, and through friends who listen whenever I need it and who keep asking what’s wrong because they’re so perceptive and know me that well. I just wish I always let Him do what He needs to do, that I’d constantly make the choice to let go of my worry and fear and let Him take it all over. I so want to be done with it completely, but there’s no way I can if I keep grabbing for it back and dwelling on these fears.

The pastor at the service Saturday night started talking about prayer and bravery. He made the comment that bravery isn’t absence of fear.. but rather, bravery is action in the face of fear.

It is choosing to believe that God is bigger than anything I could ever be afraid of – and I know He is.. I have absolutely no doubt of that, and acting on that belief and knowledge in everyday life.

That takes on so many different forms.. in today’s culture, it means taking a stand for family and for freedom.. and for God. Sometimes being brave means sticking up for your friends. That action in the face of fear varies depending on each person’s life and circumstances. It could be choosing to believe against all the world tells you.. choosing to believe that God will provide.. that He has a plan.. that He will bless your obedience to Him. Sometimes bravery takes on the face of having to speak difficult words to someone.. words that speak the truth in love. Sometimes it means standing up for what you believe, even to the point of leaving the church you’ve gone to for ages or losing people that you’d thought were your friends. In some places it’s not at all uncommon to even lose your life because of the stand you take.

Throughout it all, no matter what kind of hard roads we travel in life, I know that God is here and He is listening. I don’t think it. I know it to be so. He hears our every prayer, our every cry for help and hope. He sees every tear that falls from our eyes, and He cares for our hurting, torn-up hearts and lives.

He wants us to take courage and trust Him as we wait on Him and follow His leading. Over and over in the Bible we are told to have courage and to not worry. Being brave was a continual battle for the Israelites too – all you have to do to see it is read a bit in the Old Testament. Or the New Testament church? How about Jesus’ disciples? It’s all there. Over and over and over again.

One of my favorite passages deals with this subject: “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7-9, NIV)

Sometimes this is hard for me. It’s something I am constantly learning and relearning.. and honestly, I know God is here, I know He is listening to me, I know He has a purpose and a plan and a hope and a future that goes so beyond anything I could dream or ask or imagine.. and I do trust Him to carry on to completion the amazingness He’s started in my life. But in the middle of this long storm that keeps getting more piled onto it.. this time of waiting is so incredibly hard, as one of my dearest friends said yesterday. I’m so glad God is so patient with me, because I am having to learn these same lessons and ask the same questions over again all the time.

Advertisements