On This Occasion

On Fear: and how shall we rise to the occasion defeating it?

This is a note of wisdom from the past for future generations. This age-old struggle has risen to a primary concern once again, on a worldwide scale.

 

‘In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

 

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics, but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

 

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that), but they need not dominate our minds.”

 

– C.S. Lewis

 

If fear separate us, rather than draw us together, Satan has accomplished a significant amount of success toward his desire to destroy us and to separate us from God.

As for me, I would prefer to live fully rather than fearfully. Christ promises us the abundant life in Him, and life more fully not fearfully.

For the curative of humanity’s most significant danger, open the Bible and read anyplace from Genesis to Revelation, the One fear to consider more dangerous.

“For I determined to know nothing among you

except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2 (NASB)

May the Peace of Christ be with you.

The heart of the remedy is in this song.

 

16 thoughts on “On This Occasion”

    1. Thank you for sharing this here, Sofia. I watched and it is a GREAT encouragement to all who view and are reminded of God’s power given to us through His Holy Spirit! Again, thank you! Lord’s richest blessings to you!

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  1. Your words, together with those of C.S. Lewis, are most helpful.
    Fear can be paralyzing, and scared people do stupid things. Of course, the 24 hour news media doesn’t help. Their ‘crisis crisis’ mentality gets good ratings, but puts people on edge. Thank you, and God Bless.

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    1. Having the blood mark of Christ we move through the shadows of fear as they part and we move beyond, unharmed.

      Thank you for the clarity of observation.
      Lord’s richest blessings to you and yours!

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  2. Well penned! The only fear we should have is fear of God and that is truly completely different from any other kind of fear. For when we place Jesus as the center and most important part of our lives all other dangers become insignificant. When one’s soul is safe with Jesus, everything else is only temporary. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Indeed! You said it so well here.

      ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.’

      Thank you!

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  3. Over 30 years ago after our middle daughter pulled through from “beyond the grave” (doctors words), my wife and I made an agreement to live with. No fear of death on anyones account. She is with us still, several close to us are not. To live and walk with Christ through life is to live with eternities purpose in mind which is way beyond the grave already.
    I relate to this post well.

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