by: Steve Fawcett
We love heroes. We love stories of heroes; heroes that are worthy of honor and that serve as a good example for us. They inspire us. We don’t name our sons Judas or our daughters Jezebel. We use names like David and Daniel, boys that slay giants or shut the mouths of lions. We long for heroines like Ruth or Esther, fearless ladies who overcame death, famine and destruction. Most of our heroes are forged in fires of weakness or suffering in order to become strong.
Frodo Baggins, in the Lord of the Rings, was an unlikely hero. He began his mission to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mt. Doom in much fear but he ended his mission by drawing on a supply of courage that no little hobbit was expected to possess.
So, we love heroes. We need heroes today. Our kids need to see and hear of real heroes who go out and fight for right, for the vulnerable, the helpless, against the forces of greed, confusion and power and hatred and fear. Jeremiah 38 tells us of one such hero by the name of Ebed-Melech.
God is always up to something. We usually never know the half of it of what He is up to in any given situation. We may see one thing, in the news or elsewhere, and think that is the main thing, but it rarely is. God seems to be up to 1000 different things all at the same time; we just don’t see it or hear of it. That is one reason why the prophetic word of God is needed.
Three great traits that Ebed-Melech showed was first he had faith in God. This gave him great courage along with compassion.
We need heroes today. We need to tell our kids and grandkids the true stories of the heroes of yesteryear; whether that be biblical heroes or even the heroes of our days, from recent battles or other acts of bravery and compassion. We need parents to be heroes to their kids. We need grandparents who will be heroes to their grandkids. Anyone can be a hero.
May we too show confidence in God along with the courage and compassion that Ebed-Melech demonstrated.