I spent yesterday reading every one of the comments posted about where you were. The testimonies are incredible. Through your words, I could see so many of you on that day as the news broke, and feel like I know you even better.
It’s a day that police and firefighters hold dear. So many of our brethren were lost doing what we all joined the service to do. Helping others no matter the cost; no matter the enemy; no matter the outcome.
It’s called Rak Chazak Amats.
It’s an ancient Hebrew war cry used to launch victories for God’s warriors. Spoken, it inspires the faithful to be strong and courageous. With reckless expectation, press the fight no matter the foe, and without ever considering the possibility of defeat.
Never once did those first responders give consideration to not rescuing every single person, and everyone coming out alive. Were some afraid? Sure, but it’s the warrior, who despite their fear, charge headlong into battle.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9
Can you imagine living out the promise of God, and approaching every day with Chazak (unrelenting courage) and Amats (unyielding confidence in victory.)
Be encouraged by the selfless sacrifices made my so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things that day. And when you’re not feeling so heroic thanks to a Goliath in your life, be still and whisper just below your breath: