How Men Can Pursue Adventure and Escape a Legacy of Doubt and Fear

God built men for adventure.

He created us to test ourselves against the wildness of nature and the unknown mysteries of the universe.

We’re surrounded by lands to discover and explore, and we hunger for the challenge of adventure. The problem is that many of us are so far removed from that part of our inner spirit that we don’t recognize the desire anymore.

We’ve lost our sense of adventure to a world of schedules and responsibilities.

Although God created men to make the people around us feel safe in a danger-filled world, we find ourselves hemmed in by fear. Fear that we aren’t good enough. Fear that our current situation really is as good as it gets. Fear that we’re missing out on some greater purpose that we were intended for.

And that kind of fear is a normal part of this life in a fallen world. It’s the kind of fear that the enemy uses to remove us from the fight. He whispers in our ears and encourages us to doubt ourselves and to doubt God, because the enemy knows what we’re capable of. He cannot take the chance that you’ll accomplish what God sent you here to do.

Take note, though, that many of the men who loved God throughout history also experienced fear.

Elijah found himself in the crosshairs of Ahab and Jezebel, followers of the god Baal who had killed many of the Lord’s prophets. They were suffering under a drought, predicted by Elijah, that had left their kingdom in disarray, and they sought vengeance for it. As a result, they were desperate to find and kill Elijah.

At the Lord’s direction, Elijah challenged Ahab’s followers to a duel of sorts, pitting the power of Baal against the power of God. In a direct face-off, Baal’s followers were unable to call down fire from heaven, while Elijah called down fire that destroyed the altar and convinced the Israelites that He is the one true God.

And then, in the days that followed, the same man who called down fire from heaven fled from Jezebel and her efforts to kill him. He was so afraid, in fact, that he asked God to just take his life rather than dying at the hands of his enemies.

“And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life… and he requested for himself that he might die…”

1 Kings 19:3-4

Despite personally witnessing the power of God, fear overtook him and prompted him to give up hope.

The same kind of fear that plagues men like us every day.

The men of Junto Tribe understand this kind of fear because we wrestle with it daily. We experience doubt, despite the fact that we’ve also personally witnessed the power of God.

Like Elijah, we’re built for battle, but we sometimes allow our circumstances to get the best of us. To overcome the fear and doubt, we stand together and remind each other of the explorer nature that God created in us.

We invite you to rediscover the part of your nature that craves adventure. We challenge you to engage with the world around you. Rather than living as a spectator, seek God and the purposes He has designed for your life.  

Adventure awaits you today. Where will you let it take you?

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