“I thought about the dilapidated church down town. And I realized that, in some ways, we all have a hole in our roof, a gap through which tears fall and bad events blow like harsh wind. We feel vulnerable; we worry about what storm will strike next… With a little faith, people can fix things…” -Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith
Did you know that Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark? He was considered a genius, one of the greatest inventors the world has known. Prior to his electric light bulb invention, the average household relied upon gas lighting, candles, and kerosene lanterns. Though others had attempted this feat, Edison was the first to perfect a reliable, working electric light bulb.
Once when being interviewed, the great inventor was asked if he had any fears; he replied, “I’m afraid of the dark.” Perhaps it was this fear that drove him to keep on trying until he got it right. It is said that when he passed away, he died with every light burning in his house.
Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was fearful of train travel. Millionaire Howard Hughes had a morbid fear of germs. Actress Natalie Wood was afraid of water, and her life ended in drowning.
It seems that each day brings a reason to fear, a new disaster blowing like harsh winds through our world. We feel vulnerable and worry about what will strike next. There is much to fear.
I am fearful that we are in a war that we cannot win. I am fearful that no one, man or woman, no matter how charismatic or wise, has the miracle cure for the turmoil that we are experiencing in our country and across the world.
Dr. David Jeremiah, in his book, I Never Thought I’d See the Day, writes: “Today the terrorists’ battlefield is the entire world, and the enemy may be a shopper in a mall or a fellow passenger on a plane. Their chief weapons are fear and intimidation. This is a war against an ideology—religiously fueled and intent on replacing all other ideologies with militant, fundamentalist Islam. We are in a spiritual war… a war for the very heart and soul of civilization.”
The Old Testament is filled with stories of war. In these battles, God’s people won over the enemy when they were obedient to their Lord and followed His instructions. When they failed to honor God and seek His direction they suffered defeat. The Creator God of the Bible is still able to part the waters for His children, but His children are required to use faith as they step into the river bed.
America has turned its back on God, blasphemed His Name, disregarded His laws, and some insist that we are no longer a Christian nation. Our nation was established upon faith principles; we inherited freedom because of the faith of our forefathers. What a shame to lose it.
Faith is the opposite of fear. God says: “Fear not, for I Am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I AM your God” (Isaiah 1:10).
I pray that with repentance and faith we can claim this promise: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land” (11 Chronicles 7:14).