“Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes… you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son.” Deuteronomy 1:29-31
It’s difficult to admit we need someone to fight for us. We’re taught from a young age to believe in ourselves, to be strong, to never surrender; but we don’t realize there is strength in surrender. That may seem like a contradiction, but don’t exit this page just yet — keep reading.
From time to time, we have to do things that scare us. For me, it’s debate. In one of my current classes, we are posing as historical figures in a ground-bound hot-air balloon. We are arguing to prove that our contributions to society are significant enough that we should not be thrown out of the balloon. First of all, I’m not Teddy Roosevelt. How am I to defend the actions and intentions of another person? I don’t know what he was thinking or what he valued. All I know is what I read in history books. Getting questioned and interrogated on an incident that happened before I was even born is a stressful thing. What if I don’t come up with the right answers? What if I get tongue-tied? And yet, being in that uncomfortable position is good for me. I may hate it at the time, but it’s good for me.
What scares you? Maybe that scary thing is something God has been putting on your heart. All you have to do is listen. Remember a time He fought for you in the past. If you’re faithful to Him, He will always fight for you in your time of need. Our only purpose is to glorify Him; and we start by listening… faithfully… innocently… without preconceived notions. We must decide to know nothing but Him before He can work in our hearts, making us fearless.
By Bay Baker.