Three events happened recently that reminded me again of the fragile state of our lives.
- Boston, MA – Deluged by paralyzing snow. Pilled so high that the resolve many has been melted while the show has not.
- Chapel Hill, NC – Dismayed by the senseless shooting death of three bright young Muslim Americans. At the hands of a despot who claimed the killing was just over parking and not their religion.
- Gray, GA – Demoralized by the untimely deaths of Shirley Black, and Glen Daniels two Godly members of our church in my hometown.
Joshua, the person selected by God to lead the Israelites after the death of Moses had a resilient faith. This passage from Joshua 1:9 is evidence of how Joshua repeatedly told his people of God’s command to be resilient in their faith:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 ESV
The resiliency of Joshua and the Israelites allowed them to achieve miraculous victories in the face of impossible odds.
The resiliency of our faith can also allow us to:
- Survive the paralyzing snow
- Make sense of senseless shootings
- Accept an untimely death
The famed boxer Muhammad Ali, defined resiliency as the ability to get knocked down by a punch and then get back up to fight again. Folks in Boston, Chapel Hill and my hometown of Gray have been knocked down by a punch. However, those whose faith rest with God will heed His command:
- To be strong and courageous
- To not be frightened
- To not be dismayed
For The Lord is with us wherever we go. The resiliency of our faith will allow our fragile bodies to get back up again and fight. From any punch that life dishes out.
© 2015 Marben Bland