Stand up?


My friend, may I ask you a question? If God is behind us, He tells us to take the high ground and put the foe on the defensive. We can either advance or retreat. The battle hinges on our ability to be discerning. Delay can be costly when we’re fighting the good fight. Does this life’s battle turn on whether or not we have the will to stand and fight or turn and run?

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

Being decisive seems so basic that we seldom pay much attention to it. We nurture and fine tune much in our lives. We strive to be multi-tasking and goal oriented. But, in all the rush to poke, tweak, enhance, and educate, seldom is there much thought given to simply become more discerning, to be able to differentiate between what is good and what is not. Without discernment, all the knowledge in the world is of little use. Without discernment, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is easy to do.

Here’s a story: General Robert E. Lee was fond of saying that “battles neither turn on a division or a brigade let alone a company or a squad. Rather, battles turn on the will of a man holding a rifle who takes aim or takes to heel.” Battles turn on individual decisions. Such was the case of the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Lee, with a force of several hundred thousand Confederate troops, had marched into Pennsylvania. There was a hill outside the the city that had to be taken. With the city under occupation and his artillery on that hill, Lee could command the approach of the Union army and put them on the defensive. Lee sent a message to General Ewell directing him to “take that hill if feasible.” What should he do? Should he attack with full force and push the small number of Union troops off the hill? Should he take a small detachment and engage the enemy for strength? Should he stop his advance and wait until the next day’s light? Ultimately, Ewell decided to do nothing. Two days later the Confederate Army, defeated, straggled back toward the safe- ty of Virginia. For the sake of a moment’s indecision, all had been lost.

Ewell risked failure because he couldn’t make a timely decision. When you think about it, our lives are like that. Satan’s army lies before us waiting to destroy us. God is behind us, though; as Lee was behind Ewell. He tells us to take the high ground and put the foe on the defensive. We can either advance or retreat. The battle hinges on our ability to be discerning. Delay can be costly when we’re fighting the good fight. This life’s battle turns on whether or not we have the will to stand and fight or turn and run. The value is in the moment and so soon the moment is past.

We pray. Heavenly Father, many is the time in life when Your instructions are to take the high ground, the place in our lives that is full of risk, hard to attain and, perhaps, even fearful to think about. Nonetheless, You get behind us, put Your Holy Spirit beside us and direct us to make the choice: to stand and fight or turn around and withdraw. Forgive us Lord when we choose to run instead of fight, when we don’t trust Your leadership and rely only on our safe-keeping to make our decisions. Urge us on O Lord into battle, right behind us all the way. With You as our Leader, no hill is too high or too rugged. We are winners in Christ. In Jesus name we pray. 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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