Let’s face it, following God doesn’t always make sense in the natural. Can’t you just imagine bystanders looking at Gideon, speculating, “You’re going to reduce your army, of how many thousands, to three hundred men? And God told you to do it?” Or how about David disbanding all conventional methods of battle and running full force, with a sling and five stones, to slay one of the most feared giants known among the Philistines—Goliath! David never shrank from the bear or lion. He didn’t cower to Goliath. AND … when Saul sought take David’s life, David bravely spared Saul’s life, not wanting to raise his hand against God’s anointed. David trusted God to defend him. When Joshua and Caleb surveyed the land they saw God’s promise…! can just imagine their report…”YOU SHOULD SEE what God has waiting for us…milk…honey…grapes…What? …Giants?? Sure, there are giants…but you should see the SIZE of those grapes.”

Living above our circumstances demands bravery! So, what does bravery look like in life and marriage?

Brave men and women of God step forward when others step back; they press on with others give up; and they follow through regardless of the cost, dismissing the opinions and speculations of bystanders! They understand the true meaning of BRAVERY; bravery isn’t recklessly following after every conjured whimsical notion; true bravery simply follows God’s voice, knowing He will do what He has promised!

Bravery looks pass conventional wisdom, pass consequences and costs, and simply listens for the still small voice, asking…WHAT HAS GOD SAID?

BRAVERY requires faith…And true faith listens for God’s voice and trusts His wisdom!

So, what has God promised YOU? What has HE called you to do? What does HIS WORD declare about your circumstances?

Deuteronomy 31:5-6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

PRAYER: Father, speak to us clearly; direct us; give us the strength to obey! Fill us with faith to live BRAVELY for YOU! IN JESUS NAME we pray, AMEN!