Taking a knee?

February 21, 2019

   

My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you know that every Christian is a hero in some sense? When we act boldly in humble confidence in obedience to God’s will for us, we are heroes. And as God empowers us to act boldly, is He also beckoning us to do so in the deepest humility? 

 

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

I own a picture of George Washington kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge. It’s a pretty famous picture of Washington kneeling on one knee, hands folded, surrounded by snow with his horse standing obediently beside him. I’ve long been fascinated by that picture because it’s such a study in contrasts. On the one hand there’s the dress uniform, sword and the stalwart horse; all symbolic of power and distinction. On the other there’s the bended knee, bowed head and folded hands; signs of weakness and humility. While they seem to conflict on the surface, the artist has brought them together in such a way as to make neither a stronger statement or, for the matter, a weaker one. The humble, bended knee and the bold, towering horse just seem to compliment each other in a way that is somehow perfect. 

 

Did you know that every Christian is a hero in some sense? When we act boldly in humble confidence in obedience to God’s will for us, we are heroes. And as God empowers us to act boldly, is He also beckoning us to do so in the deepest humility?

 

Here’s a story: In 1941, actor Jimmy Stewart enlisted in the Army Air Corps. When he left, his father Alex wrote the fol- lowing: “My dear Jim boy. Soon after you read this letter, you’ll be on your way to the worst sort of danger. Jim, I’m banking on the enclosed copy of the 91st Psalm. The thing that takes the place of fear and worry is the promise of these words. I am staking my faith in these words. I feel sure that God will lead you through this mad experience. I can say no more. I only continue to pray. Goodbye. God bless you and keep you. Dad.” Stewart returned home a decorated war hero, unharmed even though his record included 20 combat missions. During the height of battle, Stewart said he learned to lean on the words of his tattered copy of Psalm 91, especially verses 1 and 2, which speak of God as a refuge and fortress. It kept Steward focused and humble in the Lord’s care throughout the war. (Peter Kennedy) 

 

Are you facing worry and anxiety? Today in prayer, give all of your cares and worries to Christ and know that He cares for you. When you do you will soar and find abundance and power in this life. Stewart found it, as did Washington. Both understood that true courage and bravery begin with humility and obedience. Real heroes aren’t the steroid-pumped He Men of motion pictures. Rather, real heroes know when to bow a head, fold their hands and take a knee. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father. Help us to shun applause, in whatsoever form, and from whatDeliver us from this snare of hell; neither let me spread it for the feet of others. Oh giver of every good and perfect gift, if at any time you please to work by our hands, teach us to discern what is our own from what is another’s, and to render unto you the things that are yours. As all the good that is done on earth you do it yourself, let us ever return to you all the glory. Let us, as a pure crystal, transmit all the light you pour upon us; but never claim as our own what is your sole property. 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. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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