Often when I am reading, a great line will leap off the page or screen and captivate my thinking for a time, short or long. Last week this vignette captured my thinking:
“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. “Amelia Earhart.
Many people, young and old, are dealing with fear, fear of nuclear war, of worldwide economic collapse, added to innumerable personal fears. Paine’s “Times that try men’s souls,” somehow seems inadequate to describe our time.
So, the questions come; How can we enjoy and benefit from inner peace when the world seems to be on fire?
Miss Earhart gave us the answer in her above statement. Without courage this is no peace. Often, we do not think of ourselves as having great courage, or see ourselves on the other extreme, cowards. We live, or attempt to, somewhere in the middle.
We fail to do and enjoy many good things in life due to fear.
Christians are at times afraid to witness concerning Christ. Other times we are afraid to trust Him concerning giving and increasing finances. And the young for several generations have had the fear of bringing children into such a troubled world. Surely the biblical phrase “there is no peace sayeth my God to the wicked,” i.e. those who do not trust God.
If you fall into the last listed category, take heart from a noted biblical character:
Mark 15:43, “Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.” (NKJV).
Joseph asked for the body of Jesus, which was a dangerous thing to do as Jesus had been crucified by the Roman government. And further understand the history of Joseph. According to John 19:37 Joseph had kept his faith in Christ a secret “for fear of the Jews.” Yet in a crucial time, courage took over and he exercised faith and peace took over his soul! Refuse to live as a coward and dare to be courageous in Christ.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
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