DayBreaks for 10/16/19: Fear and Inactivity
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2009:
A soldier in one of the regular batteries of the army of the Confederacy had displayed conspicuous bravery in a dozen engagements while serving with his gun as a cannoneer. When it came to the battle known as Chickamauga, he was assigned duty as a driver only, so instead of participating in the excitement of loading and firing, the soldier had nothing to do but sit quietly on his horse, and watch the havoc created around him by the enemy’s shot. He soon became possessed by a terror which completely permeated him and after the battle he implored his commanding officer to send him back to his gun. His courage leaked away when he had nothing to do.
I find it to be the case in my own life that I often sit and think too much about something rather than taking some positive action that I believe might be warranted. The longer I sit and ponder the situation and all the different things that could happen, I can get bound up in fear and uncertainty to the point that I do nothing at all.
In the case of the Confederate soldier, it was when he had nothing to do but sit and watch that he was overwhelmed by fear. It is amazing – surely standing by the cannon and being actively involved in firing the mighty weapon at the enemy was much more dangerous than sitting on a horse in the background, watching all that was happening. When we are engaged in some mighty and noble endeavor, we don’t have time to notice all the explosions and mayhem around us because of the cause we are trying to advance.
When it comes to serving Christ, many are too afraid – paralyzed into inaction – seeming to think that the result of whatever service they are called upon to render depends on them and their ability and wisdom.
The best place to be is in the thick of the battle, right beside the Lord (and make no mistake – he is in the hottest point of the battle all the time!) It is to those who remain on the periphery that he may say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” He knows those that fight at his side – he knows them well and will give them a crown of life not because of their works, but because of the fact that they call Him “Lord” – and then they prove it by how they follow Him.
PRAYER: Thank you for inviting us to fight at your side for the souls of men and women! Let us not sit idly bound by fear, but to follow you boldly into the fray! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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