Living a Life of Boldness
I remember the first “grown up” job I ever had. Admittedly, it wasn’t too long ago. However, I was 19, and had just finished a summer internship with a multi-million dollar furniture company in the area, and a full-time position became available. I was trying to finish my bachelor’s online so I REALLY wanted this job. I knew it would be an amazing experience and a solid career move for me. I put in an application just like so many before me. When it came time for the interview, I was so nervous because the only jobs I ever had were retail. I went into my boss’s office, and a stack of resume`s on his desk glared at me as he asked me questions. I answered the best I could with a lump in my throat, then he asked me the following question while looking at my little resume`: “What qualifies you for this position?” I DIDN’T HAVE AN ANSWER. “Nothing,” was what I really wanted to say. But instead, I said the following:
“I’ll be honest, I know I have minimal experience regarding this position; however, I believe I can do this job effectively because I am teachable, I learn fast, and I rarely ever make the same mistake twice, and if you give me the opportunity to gain this invaluable experience with this company, I promise you won’t regret it.”
And…I was hired on the spot. Now I’m not saying that this is what you need to say verbatim in your next job interview, but what I am saying is a little bit of honesty and healthy boldness may go a long way!
How often do we slump down and say to ourselves, “Well, if God wants it to happen it will,” meanwhile having a spirit of doubt and fear residing in our heart because ultimately, we’re afraid to be bold.
BUT WHAT IS GODLY BOLDNESS?
Well, to answer that, I believe we need to look to Joshua 10. A little background: Joshua, along with the Israelites were working to conquer the land that God had promised them. They achieved some success in Aiand and Jericho, and they even made a treaty with the people of Gibeon. Because of this, the Amorites wanted to attack the people of Gibeon. Therefore, they sent word to Joshua, asking for help to defeat the Amorites.
And so the story continues:
7 So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. 8 The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”
9 After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise.10 The Lord threw them into confusion before Israel, so Joshua and the Israelites defeated them completely at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.
12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!
15 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.
- Joshua recalled the promises that the Lord gave to them. (verse 8)
- The Israelites weren’t afraid to put in the necessary work. (verse 9)
- Joshua wasn’t being bold for his own glory, but God’s. God got the credit. (verse 14)
My challenge for myself and any reader is to have boldness like Esther to stand up for her people, like Hannah to pray for a child, like Abraham to step out in uncertainty and faith, like Joseph to rise to a place of prominence, but with every step give glory to God, and like Joshua who was willing to march all night and had the boldness to pray for the sun to stop in the sky to bring in victory for the fulfillment of God’s promise.
Be careful when you pray for boldness, because God WILL deliver.
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