During World War II a young Christian named Desmond Doss trained to become a medic. Later on the islands of Guam, Leyte, and Okinawa, he bravely dodged bullets and grenades to rescue his wounded buddies. Desmond wanted to live a consistent Christian life—even in the midst of war. And even his most profane fellow soldiers came to respect him. At first they’d sometimes throw boots at him when he knelt by his cot for prayer. But during fierce fighting on the islands of the Pacific, they began to regard his quiet courage with awe.
On May 5, 1945, Desmond’s unit was ordered to launch a major assault on the Maeda Escarpment. This fifty-foot cliff was the key to controlling Okinawa. But on that fateful day, the Japanese had decided to launch an attack from the same location. Desmond’s platoon of 200 men charged up a hill. Within a few minutes they’d sustained a hundred casualities. The platoon withdrew under a barrage of bullets and mortars—all accept Desmond Doss. He stayed behind with the wounded. For the next few hours he scurried around the top of the cliff with a rope litter he’d rigged up, and managed to lower his comrades, one after the other, to safety. All this time machine gun fire splattered around him. But miraculously, Desmond wasn’t cut down. On that day, seventy-five fellow soldiers would owe their lives to him. For his extraordinary courage in battle, Desmond Doss was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Truman. Desmond always said that it was his faithfulness to Bible study and prayer that sustained him during the difficult time. He had dared to be a Daniel, And God honored him for it.
Each of us can find the same strength and the same resolve. We can find it as we build a relationship with God through Bible study and prayer. He will sustain us through the battles and struggles we face in everyday life. It may be a loved one with a chronic illness. It may be conflicts on the job. It may be unfulfilled dreams. But whatever your difficulties, God is reaching out and promising, “I am the answer. Come to Me, and I will give you peace and rest” (see Matthew 11:28-30).
From “Focus On Daniel: The Life And Times Of Nebuchadnezzar”, by The Voice Of Prophecy.