My boys love superheroes. If you ask them what they want to be when they grow up, a superhero is often listed amongst the other, well, more ordinary careers. For them the good guy always wins and the bad guys loses. (And yes if you ask them who the best superhero is their answer is Jesus!)
It’s one of the things I love about the Bible. There are lots of heroic people in it. Stories of courage, of bravery and overcoming. But the difference is, the people in the Bible didn’t have superpowers like superman. They certainly didn’t have a utility belt like Batman. More often they were just ordinary people with an extraordinary God. There’s the shepherd boy with his slingshot. There’s Moses and Joshua. Esther and Rahab. And who could forget Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Because we all from time to time face difficulties, I love that we have the Bible, rich in demonstrations of people from an earlier time facing hardship and overcoming. People who demonstrate faith in God and centuries later God is still using their acts of bravery to encourage us and to speak to us. Their testimonies are our inheritance. Their lessons our teaching. Their victories our victories.
May their bravery encourage ours.