1 Chronicles 19:13
“Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.”
Joab found himself in a battle that required valiant men to fight for their country. The battle had surrounded them; the troops of the Syrians were before them and behind them. All that Joab could do was to look at the troops and challenge them to behave “valiantly for our people.” It was the valiancy of these men that brought them victory.
One of the greatest needs in Christianity today is the need for believers to be valiant. We live in times when it seems that too many are afraid of fighting for truth, or content with where they are in life, and they don’t want to upset the ease of their life with a battle. What many don’t understand is that their future won’t be what they have right now if someone isn’t valiant for truth. When looking at this truth of behaving valiantly, the verse above gives great illustrations for the believer to follow if they are going to be valiant for Christ.
First, valiant people are courageous. Joab told the men to be of “good courage.” You can’t be courageous and be afraid of losing or dying. Courageous people do what needs to be done even if it means they lose the fight or die in the battle. You will never be a courageous believer if you are concerned with losing. You will never be a courageous believer if you don’t attempt the impossible for God. The need for every generation is for people who throw caution out the window and step out by faith to trust God as they attempt great things for Him. It is the courageous whose lives motivate others to do great things.
Second, valiant people behave right. Joab told the men, “…let us behave ourselves…” Being valiant doesn’t mean you can live any way you want to live. A valiant person is not a person who lives an illicit and unholy life. Yes, you need to be courageous with your life, but you also need to behave yourself all the time while you are being valiant.
Third, valiant people live for others. Joab said, “…let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people…” Valiant people realize that another generation will follow them, and they must do everything in their power to be sure the next generation is handed a better church, home, name and society than what was handed to them. The reason you need to be valiant is because the next generation needs to see the power of God in their life. When nobody is valiant for Christ, the next generation will only look at the works of God as fairy tales and nice stories. If you want the next generation to be motivated to do great things for God, you are going to have to dig deep within yourself and attempt great things for God so that the next generation will know truth as you know it, and see the power of God as you have seen it.
Fourth, valiant people are concerned with the name of God. Joab knew that God’s name was at stake, and that is why he was willing to fight the battle. When your whole concern is with how God’s name is treated, it won’t bother you to take a stand when His name is under attack.
Fifth, valiant people trust God’s providential hand. Joab said, “…and let the LORD do that which is good in his sight.” Are you ok if God chooses not to let you win the battle? Valiant people do right because it is right to do, and are okay with whatever God chooses to do with their actions. My question for you is; are you a valiant person?