Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? When God tells you he has your goodness in mind no matter the circumstances in your life, do you believe him? Even though your journey might still be challenging, are you able to live with that and trust in him and not your fears?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
When I was a little boy I was quite afraid of the dark. Darkness, in my 8-year-old world, dwelt in the basement at the bottom of the stairs. Even though I could turn the stair lights on and see into the darkness, there was darkness beyond the basement threshold that required a short walk to a pull chain in the ceiling, lighting another part of the basement. Those brief steps were the scariest part of the journey. I was apprehensive going down the steps, but fearful looking for the pull chain. That was until I learned a little trick. I had told my Dad about my fear of the basement darkness and he told me that, of course, there was nothing to fear, and that I should just make believe he was with me for those few brief steps to the next pull chain. Although I still remained apprehensive finding the pull chain and what might be lurking in the basement shadows beyond the reach of the light, occupying my mind with thoughts of my Dad next to me helped considerably. The dread was gone and I was able to look for that pull chain with a bit more courage. Making believe my Dad was there was effective. Until this day I always think of him when I venture into any dark space; my fear long gone, yet the memory of him by my side remaining.
When God tells you in his Word that he has your goodness in mind no matter the circumstances in life, are you willing to believe him? Even though the journey might still be challenging, perhaps making you apprehensive at times, are you able to live with that and trust in the Lord and not your fears?
Here’s a story. During World War II, a military governor met with General George Patton in Sicily. When he praised Patton highly for his courage and bravery, the general replied, “Sir, I am not a brave man. . . The truth is, I am an utter craven coward. I have never been within the sound of gunshot or in sight of battle in my whole life that I wasn't so scared that I had sweat in the palms of my hands.” Years later, when Patton’s autobiography was published, it contained this significant statement by the general: “I learned very early in my life never to take counsel of my fears.” (Unknown.)
The key ingredients in the admonition from my Dad was this: he had demonstrated throughout my young life that he had my best interests in mind whenever he exercised his will for me. If he told me there was nothing to fear, I had to believe him because his council had always been reliable. Sometimes things didn’t go the way I had planned or wanted, but I could always depend upon my Dad for a sense of general good. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:11 that if “. . . you, then, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give you good gifts to those who ask him!” There is no need to fear what happens to you in life if, like Patton, you decide not to take counsel of your fears. God is good; even though we may remain apprehensive about life’s challenges, we need never dread them. Our fears should never take preference to his good counsel. Walk with his goodness today and own your fears.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for your good gifts in this life. Although sometimes your goodness is cloaked in our apprehension, we need never dread what today or tomorrow might bring. Your goodness is guaranteed if we remind ourselves daily that your Spirit will never depart from us if we believe this to be true. Help us Father to trust in you and that goodness every step of our life’s journey. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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