Here and now it is imperative that we focus on the word valiant. It means possessing valor, courageous, bold, and brave. These heroes of faith waxed valiant in fight. They were persons of valor. They were courageous. They were bold. They were brave. In other words, they were not cowards and quitters.
By Robert E. Henson
Who through faith …waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Listed in the few short verses of this section of Hebrews 11, there are some ten categories of miraculous results and victories. It is essential to note that these extraordinary events were each accomplished through faith. They were not accomplished through “Wheaties,” “Cheerios,” or “Total” cereal. These victories were miracles. These were extraordinary results accomplished through faith.
Two of the victories in this biblical list will be the focus of this chapter; namely, “waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens,” or as I choose to call it, “Waxing and Winning.”
The Bible speaks of those who waxed valiant in fight. As a result, they turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
The realm of living by faith has always been a path of conflict. Living for God does involve conflict. Living for God is not like a nap on a summer day in some kind of heavenly hammock. Living for God involves conflict, sometimes with the devil, often with the world, and, most often, with our own carnal flesh. Living for God is not a “gravy train,” but it is a “glory train.”
At times, this conflict is just a tension that you feel or a test of wills. At other times, the conflict boils over into a fight; it even sometimes rages into a battle of the wills and all out war.
The good news is that, regardless of where you are in the struggle, you can become one of those who is waxing and winning. You do not have to be lost! You don’t have to be destroyed! You don’t have to be defeated! You can overcome!
You can wax and win! You can become a World Changer!
Waxing Valiant in Fight
Let’s take a closer look at these two biblical phrases. First of all, the biblical writer says that there are some people in God’s “Hail of Faith” who are there because they “waxed valiant in fight.” Notice the word fight. They didn’t wax valiant while partying or in some leisure exercise. They waxed valiant in light.
The word for fight in the Greek can be used for either single, hand-to-hand combat, or it can be used for large-scale war. Whichever it was, these people of faith are noted to have waxed valiant in the struggle.