My friend, may I ask you a question? If we are going to choose a co-pilot that can steer us away from any fear that we have, the choice is, perhaps, simple? Since God is always in control, isn’t faith never a feeling; but it’s always a choice?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Why is this world such a fearful place? It seems these days people are afraid of more things than they ever were before. We fear that our homes might be broken into; so we invest in expensive alarm systems. We fear that our identity might be stolen so our plastic has become more important to us than gold or silver. We seem more fearful today than were our forefathers who faced so many physical challenges just trying to survive from day to day. What is it about the very real dangers of the past that gave our forefathers pause but didn’t interrupt their sleep? Perhaps there is a clue in a poll conducted by The Ladies Home Journal nearly a quarter of a century ago. The magazine asked this simply question: “In whom do you trust?” Of the thousands who responded, two individuals were selected as most trustworthy. 40% listed Walter Cronkite, the CBS news anchor, and 26% listed the Pope. God came in dead last at 3%.
Why are we so ready to trust in man when God is so much better a risk? Well, there is the obvious. We could see Walter Cronkite on the television every night back in 1981. God is a spirit and, when I last checked, He didn’t have a nightly news show. As humans we like to trust the things that we can see, feel and touch. Cronkite’s booming, soothing voice was there for us every night through the Vietnam War, Watergate, hostages in Iran and the ongoing threat of nuclear war. We need and rely on the tangible to get us through crisis. Our nature tells us that we need to figure things out, be in control and rely on ability and technique to get the job done. Faith is a difficult thing to fit into the equation when we are threatened.
Here’s a story. Evangelist James Brown writes. “Some years ago when I was learning to fly, my instructor told me to put the plane into a steep and extended dive. I was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. After a brief time the engine stalled, and the plane began to plunge out-of-control. It soon became evident that the instructor was not going to help me at all. After a few seconds, which seemed like eternity, my mind began to function again. I quickly corrected the situation. Immediately I turned to the instructor and began to vent my fearful frustrations on him. He very calmly said to me, ‘There is no position you can get this airplane into that I cannot get you out of. If you want to learn to fly, go up there and do it again.’ At that moment God seemed to be saying to me, ‘Remember this. As you serve Me, there is no situation you can get yourself into that I cannot get you out of. If you trust me, you will be all right.’ That lesson has been proven true in my ministry many times over the years. (James Brown, Evangeline Baptist Church, Wildsville, LA, in Discoveries, Fall, 1991, Vol. 2)
God promises us that He will never leave or forsake us. That’s a hard thing to believe when so many fearful things are happening around us every day. It must have been difficult for our forefathers to grasp at times as they fended off the wild beasts and devastating illnesses. We can choose to ally himself with others or choose to rely solely on that trustworthy “co-pilot”, our Heavenly Father. Walter Cronkite or God? I guess if I am going to choose a co-pilot that can steer me away from any fear that I have, the choice is simple. God is always in control. Faith is never a feeling; it’s a choice.
We pray. Heavenly Father, the world is so full of danger and fear. Help us to put our trust in You so that we might never be afraid. Help us to remain in the faith, with believing hearts that do not know fear, only the comforting hope of eternal life in Heaven with our Savior Jesus Christ. In His name we pray. Amen!
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