These are solemn moments the time when we need to lock arms in unity, stand strong and unite for a common cause. This is not the time to sit and fold our arms and grieve over our situation, status or difficulties in life. This is the time to stand tall and strong. People are depending on us to take up the mantle and run with the torch so that we can finish the race. We must be tough to survive in this generation. The test is on; will we stand up to the challenges of the moment?
We are a proud people, a nation of worriers, men and women of valor. This is what God calls us. What do you call yourself? He knows us; when he assigns us, He knew what we were capable of; He called us “Mighty men of valor.”
Amongst us there are people of courage who do not mind standing up for what they believe. People who are determine to do the right thing in the face of difficulty. It does not matter how insignificant you might seem to others it only takes one to chase a thousand. I often think of Gideon he was the least amongst his brethren and of his clan. His family would not be considered as being very important in Israel but when God approached him, He called him “a mighty man of valor.” It does not matter what is your status in life or where you come from or what you have done or where you have been, you are important to God and he has given you a title. Man/woman of valor!
God is looking for people of valor. He wants to enlist you in the army and in the arms of his love. Just like Gideon you might be hiding in low self-esteem but God is looking for you and is saying to you come out; it is time to march. Stand up and be counted, be willing to lay down your life for the cause.
You might be looking at the situation and asking; is it really me? Yes, it is you; If not you, then who? Men and women must be willing to rise and answer the call.
In tough times, sometime we must separate ourselves from the crowd just like Gideon had to separate the crowd. God sometimes strip us so we can focus on the assignment to which He calls us. When you are being stripped, it seems as if your world is falling apart but God does the pruning before the growing. He sometime puts you in the furnace so you can be cured. Therefore, we learn to cope with difficulties without compromise.
Think of the road ahead, it might not be paved with gold but you can make a stepping stone out of what seems to be a setback. Take courage, it will help to strengthen your character. The strength of a man/woman is in his compromise. Strength is always proven by resistance! When there is no force there is nothing to resist. However, when pressure comes a decision will always have to be made. A man’s inner strength determines his ability to withstand temptations, persecutions, seductions lies and other pressures that work to enervate his manhood.
Jesus demonstrates the perfect traits of manhood. He laid down his life. He accepts responsibility for the action of the whole world. He taught men; only by losing one’s life can it be gained. It is time to get up and stand tall in the midst of low morals, lies and deception. Take courage in difficult situation!