The Fate of the Brave

My niece and nephew love the Disney movie brave.  Frankly, being of Scottish heritage myself this movie hits a nerve with my ancestry. I find it a very entertaining movie and quite funny.  I love the Scottish jokes in this movie and the story has a touching relationship between the mother and the daughter.  But the underlining theme of the movie is this, “If you could change your fate, would you?”.  In fact the opening monolog of the movie is this:

“Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one’s destiny intertwines with many others. It’s the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led”.

While this may be a cute movie, it addresses a underlining desire of mankind.  Everyone wants to control their life.  We all like to feel the security of being in control.  This is really ironic because often times when we are in control things go terribly wrong.  But as seen in the quote above the movie teaches to take our fates into our own hands.  It basically demonstrates the thought that “God helps those who help themselves”.  But this is what Solomon said:

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
(Pro 16:9)

Why is this verse such a big deal?  Because it demonstrates a very very important doctrine.  God is sovereign and in control of all things.  There are no surprises in God’s plan.  We cannot surprise him when we fail nor mess up His divine plan.  This is a profound thought.  No matter what we are going through or how hard life is God is the one directing our steps.  Even when our desires are to “Do what is right in our own eyes”, God’s plan still goes forward.

So why do I write all of this?  Because as I look at our world and see millions of hurting unsaved people, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the need that exists.  But when I read verses such as this and realize that God is in control I just need to follow His direction one step at a time, then I don’t need to get overwhelmed.  Is the need still urgent and great…yes it is.  But our God is bigger and greater and we can rest in that truth.

As a faith supported missionary, it is easy to get overwhelmed in life as well.  When you don’t know how God is going to provide, and you need to be on your knees to ask God to supply your daily bread.  But I can rest in in the fact that if I seek first His Kingdom He will provide for all my needs.  I know that God is in control and that I can rest in him.  As with Paul I strive to say, “I have learned the secret of being content with little or with plenty…I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”.

So instead of agreeing with Brave’s closing line:

Some say fate is beyond our command, but I know better. Our destiny is within us. You just have to be brave enough to see it.

Let’s be people who walk by faith in a sovereign God.

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About ymijoseph

I am a slave of Jesus Christ and strive to live for Him everyday. I have been blessed with the coolest job at Youth Missions International and the most amazing Family. For a living I get to train young people on how to share their faith and I also get to send them to other countries. I have seven siblings and three awesome in laws. My Father is a pastor and my mother is the best cook of all time.

Posted on April 9, 2013, in Adventure, Devotional, Gospel, Missions and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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