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We will not fear!

July 3rd, 2013

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3

Our greatest moments of courage will always be displayed in the midst of the most fearsome circumstances. It can truly be no other way. In the limelight of victory, when our emotions are at a high, it is easy to be confident, but that is not the same as courage.

Courage must always be displayed in the face of facts that are against us, that are the opposite of pleasant or confidence-building. When everything around us seems to incite panic within us, when all that we see and touch and perceive calls us to give up hope, but then, in the midst of these contrary experiences we still hope and live with calmness and inner peace because we believe in God, there is true courage and true faith.

Such faith is born of God, and though faith is a very human experience, it is impossible for us to exercise apart from the work of God. Faith is, in that sense, the best cooperation between our hearts and His Spirit. Often God allows us to be placed in such circumstances when everything we hold dear is shaken and seemingly torn away, just so we may see what is truly unshakeable in our lives. After the storm has done its worst, God is still there and the faith in any human heart that holds on to Him is a precious thing.

Such faith exists not on the basis of sight, not on the basis of what we can see and hear and touch, but on the basis of the witness of His Word and His Spirit within us. Faith also believes, however, that the future will be better. We may not live to see it with our own physical eyes, or at least with the eyes of our corruptible bodies that we have today. But it will come to pass, and the day will come when we will see with our eyes of our resurrected bodies all that He has promised. As Job 19:25-27 proclaims,

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

Yet God often allows us a taste of this future victory today. How do you and I not know that our faith in the midst of contrary circumstances may be the spark that God uses to bring a taste of future glory to this earth? Perhaps there are people around us today that are waiting and watching what we will do, and our courageous faith in God will be the very thing that God will use to inspire and encourage. Has the devil done his worst to destroy the works of your hands? With faith in God, stoop down and begin to rebuild them, humbly, patiently, and courageously. God will yet bring an increase.


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