DayBreaks for 6/18/14 – In the Line of Fire
Matthew 10:32-34 (NLT) – Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven. “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.
In his book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman tells the story of an American soldier during the Vietnam war. His platoon was hunkered down in the rice paddies locked in a fierce firefight with the Vietcong.
The rice fields in Vietnam are often separated by an earthen beam, and on that day, a line of six Buddhist monks started walking along the elevated beam separating the field where the American soldiers lay hugging the ground and the field where the Vietcong were also crouched in battle.
The monks walked directly toward the line of fire, calmly and steadily. They did not look to the left or to the right, they just kept walking. The soldier reported, “It was really strange because nobody shot at ’em. And after they walked over the beam, suddenly all the fight was out of me. It just didn’t feel like I wanted to do this anymore, at least not that day. It must have been that way for everybody, because everybody quit. We just stopped fighting.”
I don’t know specifically what God is calling you to do right now. I can only say that anyone who chooses to walk with God may well be completely out of step with the expectations of the office, the neighborhood, the culture or the family. Sometimes, it seems, God’s people are called to walk right through the field of fire, faithfully, sacrificially, loyally, doing what we have been called to do.
The times we live in are threatening. Dark and ominous clouds are everywhere on the spiritual landscape. Recently I spoke with some who live in very dangerous parts of the world where they serve God in spite of tremendous personal risk. They are walking in the line of fire. The battle lines are clearly arrayed in such places, but here in the U.S. it is much less obvious, but the battle lines have been drawn here, too. Take for instance the high school valedictorian this year who had his speech censored because he wanted to mention his Christian faith and God. Three times they told him to cease and desist. When he didn’t get a response to his final draft (which the school required to be submitted to them for review), he proceeded to speak up at the graduation ceremony. That young man walked in the line of fire. But who would have thought in the US that the day would come when schools would censor out and redact any mention of God?
Make no doubt about it: the battle is already afoot. The question is whether or not we will walk in the line of fire or disappear into the woods.
PRAYER: Lord, the times we live in are perilous and threatening. We pray that you will give us the courage You have already given us, Your children, the Spirit. We pray that He will bend and shape us and that we will be yielded to His influence upon us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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