Posts Tagged ‘pressure’

  

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭13‬ NIV)

In his book, The Blue and the Gray, James Robertson shares a story about a cowardly Confederate Chaplain:

“We got into a little row with the Yankees a few days ago and our parson, deeming, no doubt, that discretion was the better part of valor, took to his heels when the shells commenced flying and I have not seen him since. A New England officer who had witnessed the same misbehavior insisted that ‘undue susceptibility to cannon fever were ample grounds for the disqualification of a chaplain.'”

Standing our ground can be tough to do. While we may not face a barrage of Civil War cannons, we do face public pressure, peer sentiment, and relational confrontations. The last thing God needs is cowards on the front line, caving in to popular opinion or flat-out false beliefs in order to save face or keep a church pew filled! The right thing will always be the right thing, regardless of pop culture’s windblown preferences!

Being brave isn’t always easy, so let God help you. He gives you the strength to do it, the backing to stand with you, and the healing of the heart afterwards. But caving in to cowardice will always lead to heartache! Stand your ground! You are loved today! 

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Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!'” (2 Kings‬ ‭6‬:‭17‬ NLT)

David Douglas was a renowned Scottish botanist that helped pioneer North America in the 19th century, even having a fir tree named in his honor. He, however, mistakenly “found” two new mountains, calling them Mount Hooker and Mount Brown after two other famous botanists. But climbers never found these new mountains because they didn’t exist. It wasn’t until 70 years later that someone reread his journals and discovered the mistake, Douglas had made a “mountain” out of a “hill”.

We, too, often make big issues out of small things. When we are stressed and under pressure, it’s easy to magnify an issue that isn’t as serious as we think. Panic ensues and peace flies out the door like a spooked pheasant, leaving nothing behind but a new mess! And where there wasn’t a problem, there sure is one now!

Be like Elisha’s servant in the text and allow the Lord to open your eyes to the world as He sees it. It’s seldom as bad as you think! By looking at situations in your life correctly, they will maintain their correct proportion and so will your peace! You are loved today! Be at peace!