David walked right out
to meet the giant man
Paul faced persecution head on
in each town he entered
Mary bowed her will
and bravely carried God’s Son
Noah stepped into the unknown
in the face of ridicule and stares
My Jesus resolutely chose to die
for this world of people we live in
will I be a person
willing to risk it all
when God speaks?
Will I bow my will to His?
Will I live my life differently
because of my life in Him?
by His power
And I am able to step out in faith
because I serve a faithful
– Susie Stewart
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands… and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”
– 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)
The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
– Acts 23:10 (NIV)
The angel said to her, “Mary, do not be afraid. You have found favor with God. See! You are to become a mother and have a Son. You are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great. He will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the place where His early father David sat. He will be King over the family of Jacob forever and His nation will have no end.”
Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen? I have never had a man.” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you. The power of the Most High will cover you. The holy Child you give birth to will be called the Son of God.
“See, your cousin Elizabeth, as old as she is, is going to give birth to a child. She was not able to have children before, but now she is in her sixth month. For God can do all things.” Then Mary said, “I am willing to be used of the Lord. Let it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel went away from her.
– Luke 1:30-38 (NIV)
Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
– Genesis 6:22 (NIV)
Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.”
Going a little farther, He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
– Matthew 26:36-39 (NIV)
Photo by Andy Stewart in the Garden of Gethsemane