“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
– Hebrews 13:6
Remember young Miriam in the Old Testament? She has a real “princess story” that I think will help us understand better the character trait of boldness!
Miriam was put in charge of watching her baby brother Moses, as he floated in his basket-boat in the river. The bad king had determined that all little boys must die, so Miriam needed to watch over him and make sure he was safe. One day, Miriam met a real princess! She was the princess of the land and a very important lady. She found little Moses and wanted to keep him for her own son. What did Miriam do? She had a choice, didn’t she? She could have been afraid of this great lady and kept quiet. Miriam might have thought, “What if this lady is as wicked as the king? What if she becomes angry with me for speaking to her?” But instead, Miriam boldly stepped out and spoke to this important princess and offered to run and fetch her mother to care for little Moses.
Do you think that took some courage for Miriam? I think I would have been very hesitant and afraid to speak to such a powerful person. But Miriam was sure that speaking up to protect her baby brother was the right thing to do. She knew that God was on her side, so she boldly piped up and offered her idea to the princess. And God blessed her for it! Moses grew up to become one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. God used his big sister and her bold obedience in a very special way!
Boldness is confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right in God’s sight. God wants each of His little princesses to display this valuable character trait. I know you might naturally think of boldness as “a boy thing.” I’m sure our make-believe little princess who lives in a beautiful castle has many bold knights defending her kingdom on the battlefield. But God wants little girls to be bold too.
When you are sure that what you are about to do is true and right in God’s eyes, you don’t need to be fearful or worry about what others think. God wants you to simply obey. When your brother and sister are talking about something that they shouldn’t be talking about, you should display boldness and remind them about what the Bible says about their sin. If your friends encourage you to disobey your parents, you should boldly rebuke them and refuse to participate. Don’t worry about what your friends will think of you if you don’t go along with what they are doing. It is more important to please God than be concerned about what others think.
When you have the opportunity to witness to neighbors or friends, do it! Take the opportunity to speak up about Jesus and tell others how they can know Him too. It takes boldness to invite someone to church or give out a tract. Because you know that the Bible says that you are to be a witness, you should confidently speak for Christ without being afraid of what people will think or say!
Here are some verses on boldness for you to study with your mother:
I John 2.28
The character quality of boldness does not come naturally to a lot of little girls. But with the Lord’s strength, you can develop into a bold testimony and witness for Christ! And become all glorious within!