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Walk in Faith, not Fear
The following was written by Patty Warren, Vice President of Team Services, located in Ronald Blue Trust's national office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each year, September 11 brings back unforgettable memories of where we were when we first learned of the unfathomable attack that rocked our nation’s sense of security. The images we saw time and again for days on end are indelibly etched on our minds. The attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 that day resulted in the largest loss of life ever by a foreign attack on U.S. soil.
Since that time, it seems like the frequency of these devastating terroristic events has accelerated at lightning speed with one event after another around the globe. From Paris to Barcelona to San Bernardino to London and many other cities, we’ve become heartbreakingly accustomed to turning on the news and learning of yet another terrible event.
We also have to contend with unpredictable weather hazards and natural disasters. From earthquakes to hurricanes to the unprecedented amount of rain and flooding in Houston recently, one could easily become paralyzed with fear and decide never to set foot outside again. Yet, that’s not what we’re called to do, is it?
Though it can be difficult to walk in faith when we’re not able to fully grasp what’s happening, we can nevertheless find peace when we choose to look up instead of just looking around us.
Psalm 46:1-3, 11 reminds us:
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride… The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold" (NASB).
Likewise, Jesus reminded his disciples in John 16:33, shortly before he was arrested and taken away, that, “these things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (NASB).
When disasters strike, we can allow them to paralyze us, or we can pick ourselves up, honor those who’ve lost their lives, and find ways to help our neighbors in need. When thinking about the future, we can take steps to ease our worries by making an emergency preparedness plan for our families and workplaces so that we can feel more confident as we go on with our daily lives.
It’s also prudent to know how to prepare for both natural and manmade disasters. We’ll have a future article on this topic that we hope will be useful to you.
Indeed, Christ warned us that we will have trouble. Uncertainty is certain. Evil will strike again. Though we can’t fully grasp all of the forces that are at work in the world today, of this we can be sure: we can confidently walk in faith and not fear, because the Lord of Lords is with us. The victory has already been won.
On behalf of Ronald Blue Trust, our prayers go out to the families and individuals affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
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