By: Emma K. Marvel
I recently read a sentence that stood out to me, and it made me think of every human ever to grace the face of this bright blue ball of a planet…it went like this:
“To expect him to deny that fierce nature of his—given to him by God Himself— is perhaps expecting too much of [him].” (Taken from “The Triumph” by Gene Edwards)
Now, I know not every human can be referred to as “fierce” but I’d be so honored if you would bear with me as I walk you through my thoughts on the matter.
We can look at the adjective fierce in two ways:
I. Fierce meaning: having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness.
II. Fierce (in reference to a feeling, emotion, or action) showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity.
If we go with definition #2 then it is easy to admit that we all have fierce qualities. Qualities that are not innately negative or harmful (though if left undeveloped, they could become both of those things) but qualities that stand out above the rest, qualities that are more powerful, intense even—the ones that make lasting impressions on others (good AND bad).
Those are the “fierce” qualities we ALL possess, though they tend to vary from person to person, those traits are what others will end up remembering about us.
So, you can most definitely be a “fierce warrior” but you could also be a “fierce advocate” a “fierce peace-maker” or be fierce about parenting, marketing, shopping, singing, construction, etc. You get the idea right?
I bet right now you are thinking: ‘What am I fierce about?’ And that is a great question to ask!!
Considering what we are fierce about on a deeper level gives us insight into our God-given nature, personality, and ultimately our divinely appointed direction in this life.
It’s not too difficult to figure out what it is we feel the fiercest about, but sometimes it takes an understanding, honest, and compassionate friend to help us see what we have been behaving fiercely about. Suffice it to say, the two are very different.
Sometimes what we feel fiercest about can be something that has hurt us in the past, and our reactions, strong as they may seem, are really just defense mechanisms rather than a response to a deeper rooted calling from within.
Ferocity from hurt is immensely different from ‘fierceness due to ethos. — (E. Marvel)
For Example: I am fierce about sticking up for the underdog, but I can be ferocious when someone triggers a nerve left raw by a family member or friend’s words from years past…
The word of God says, “…we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;” (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)
This is a thing to be glad of! We can overcome the wounds of our pasts—and find a new reason to be fierce! 1 John 5:4a says, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world.” We can overcome these “vintage” hurts.
You must be asking yourself by now, ‘how on earth does this help me to determine where God is leading me?’
The truth is, we don’t really know where we are going, until we know where we have come from. And without looking heavenward to God for that deeper insight into ourselves—we will never uncover the reason behind our fierce natures.
I submit to you that we must ask of God these two questions:
- ‘What is it that I am fierce about?’
2. ‘Why am I fierce about it?’
Without knowing the answer to those two questions, we have no guidance, no direction, and we give God no opportunity to speak to us and lead us into growth, correction, opportunity, maturity, wisdom, blessing…(the list goes on…)
If you are in a place where you are tired, worn-slap-out, or weary and heavy laden the Bible clearly says we are to “come to Him, and He will give us rest.” Seek out his insight, He made you! He knows your hurts, He knows your strengths, and He has designed you to overcome your weaknesses by His good pleasure!
Let the LORD be your ferocity and your reason for being fierce! He will vindicate your wounds, so that you don’t have to. Do you trust Him to do what He says He will do?
2 Samuel 10:12 says, “Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God.”
This is clearly what is to be fueling our ferocity. A desire to defend the people of God, and the cities full of people who belong to him (A.K.A. everyone). The best part is there are endless ways for each of us to do just that! To ‘fight for our people and the cities of our God’! We just need to see ourselves as He does and know ourselves in the way He intended—in order to figure out what He would have us do—individually.
A quote from a book I am currently reading says it this way:
“Growth in grace, therefore, means growing up and turning around in the way we think. It means coming to a deeper and fuller understanding of the truth, the way God sees things.” —On The Way By: Gordon T. Smith
More specifically, growth in grace means coming to see yourself the way God sees you. Then, you will know what you are made of, and what you were made for, AND what draws out the God-given fierce nature you were created to have.
Psalms 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.”
Our fierce nature should be born of gratitude—thanks in response to the grace we have received over our lives. We feel fiercely about the opportunities for others to experience the same grace, and when something occurs to hinder God’s grace—we become fierce about that situation.
We do not become fierce as a defense mechanism in response to past hurts. We truly are made to be so much more than that. All of us are.