Faith in God
Desmond Doss frequently said it was his faith in God that enabled him to do what others would consider impossible. Every day he spent time with God in prayer and read the Bible that his wife had given him. Every day Desmond Doss committed himself to God, asking for God’s guidance and for strength to surrender to God’s will.
While Desmond Doss never carried a weapon, he never went into battle defenseless. He understood with the apostle Paul that “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh”
(2 Corinthians 10:4, ESV). He trusted God at all times. When rejected by his fellow soldiers, when assigned menial duties or refused home leave owing to his insistence on living by principle, when walking into danger to save his men, or when injured on a foreign battlefield, Desmond Doss believed God’s Word and trusted in the God of heaven as his hope and strength.
The war took a heavy toll on Desmond Doss. Tuberculosis led to the removal of a lung and five ribs. Before receiving a cochlear implant, complications from medical treatment left him deaf for many years. Yet Desmond Doss dedicated his life to sharing his story of faith in God. He was reluctant to allow Hollywood to tell his story for fear they would attempt to glamorize his life by depicting activities inconsistent with his faith in God.
After the war, Desmond Doss acknowledged that he didn’t know how he survived. “That’s why I like to tell this story to the glory of God, because I know from the human standpoint, I should not be here.”
“From a human standpoint”—but Doss’ story is a story of faith. An ordinary man who exercised faith in an extraordinary God was enabled to do remarkable things.
Hollywood has brought the story of Desmond Doss to a global audience. The exploits of a humble combat medic are now known to the world and have inspired people to renew their
faith, or to live in connection to the God
Is God waiting for you to become a person of faith? Begin by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Become familiar with God by reading the Bible and get to know God yourself by talking to Him in prayer. God will then do extraordinary things in your life, just as He did in the life of Desmond Doss.
Doss died in 2006, believing firmly that Jesus would soon return to earth to bring eternal life to all who believe in Him. You can be in that group of people. Through faith in God, you can live with the same assurance as Desmond Doss and look toward to eternity with hope in your heart.