Have there ever been so many things to terrorize us?
Yes. And then some!
Following the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early sixties, President Kennedy, sensing the growing menace of nuclear weapons in the world, warned that each day was drawing us nearer to the hour of maximum danger.
We lived through the cold war, sleeping, waking and going about our daily tasks zeroed into the missile sights of a powerful enemy bent on our destruction. The six nuclear powers of that era possessed firepower equal to five tons of TNT for every man, woman and child on earth.
When the Civil Defense Department promoted the construction of home bomb shelters, the idea sounded so good to me that I ordered instruction booklets for their building and placed them on a table in the church where I was the pastor.
One day, a member of the church, known for his strong faith, stood with me near the table eyeing this stack of lifesavers and said, “I don’t think we’ll need them,”
“Why not?” I asked.
“I believe the Lord will take care of us” he replied.
This man didn’t need a bomb shelter because he already had one: his faith in God.
We all walk danger trails and were doing so long before the present titans of terror were on the scene. Our Lord said wars and rumors of wars would continue so when theykeep showing up we should find our faith increasing.
A friend of mine was captured by Nazi forces during World War II. While he was imprisoned, Allied bombing of the area kept increasing until the danger of being destroyed by friendly fire became a greater threat to his survival than imprisonment by his enemies. Anxiety over this two-way jeopardy would have been unbearable had it not been for a verse in the Psalms that provided him strength and hope: “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee” (Psalm 55:22), a fear fighter that I keep on the wall of my office and read every morning.
During Hitler’s long and vicious bombing of London, a woman displayed such personal peace that her friends were amazed. While others found it impossible to sleep at night during those fearful raids, she rested easily. When asked how she could do so, she replied she had read in the Bible that God never sleeps and couldn’t see any reason for both of them to stay awake.
A troubled man once told me he was so filled with fear that he had lived his entire adult life within a seven mile radius of his home. He also confided that he continually carried a motorcycle in his van so he could escape if ever caught in a traffic jam. Make no mistake, terrorists at home and abroad want to keep us in that kind of bondage and we must not allow them to do so.
This morning, a stanza of “Amazing Grace” became my fear fighter for the day:
“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home”