Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
The Bible records the expression "mighty men of valor" about 37 times. That description is mostly in the Old Testament in the narratives about men who responded to God's commands.
Most of them were ordinary men until they established a relationship with God. After they realized God's plan for their lives, they lived with a purpose and became brave men who were described as "mighty men of valor."
Descriptions of Mighty Men of Valor
David was on the run from Saul who tried to kill him. Along the way, David became a leader to men who could easily be described as misfits.
"All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred were with him." (1 Samuel 22:2)
The number quickly increased to six hundred. Because they were led by David, all of them went on to become his mighty men of valor. All of their names are listed in 2 Samuel 23:8-23 along with what they did in order to obtain that identification.
Valor simply means having great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle. David's men showed strength, courage, and boldness even when their lives were on the line.
Here are just some of the things mighty men of valor do.
- A mighty man of valor puts God first.
- A mighty man of valor is one who takes care of his responsibilities at all times.
- A mighty man of valor never loses focus of his purpose.
- A mighty man of valor takes risks.
- A mighty man of valor doesn't just talk the talk. He also walks the walk.
- A mighty man of valor doesn't limit his love. He obeys the scriptures to love all people, even his enemies.
- A mighty man of valor turns problems into opportunities.
- A mighty man of valor is one who relies on God while realizing he can't fulfill his mission alone.
- A mighty man of valor goes through the eye of the storm with confidence. He knows there will be a rainbow after the storm is over.
- A mighty man of valor is one with much compassion for those he sets out to help.
- A mighty man of valor puts others ahead of himself. He knows that if he pushes other ahead, he will move ahead as well.
- A mighty man of valor never puts people down. His purpose is to lift them up.
The above descriptions are some basic ones. However, there are many more ways to be considered mighty men of valor.
If you are a man, perhaps you can describe yourself that way.
If you are a woman, perhaps you can describe your husband, son, or father that way.
Not Limited to the Bible
There were many mighty men of valor in the Bible, such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Gideon, David, Jonathan, and others. However, they are not limited to just the Bible. There are mighty men of valor walking among us today.
There are men today whose characteristics fit the ones mentioned above. The most wonderful thing about mighty men of valor is that they might have started out as misfits like David's men, but with proper training under an effective leader, they will turn into mighty men of valor.
Titles don't make mighty men of valor. Wealth doesn't make them that way either. On the other hand, men without titles, popularity, wealth and prestige could very well be mighty men of valor.