Don’t Be a Casualty

Do not fear, for I am with you . . .
I will strengthen you and help you.
                       —Isaiah 41:10

In The Story of Civilization, Will and Ariel Durant noted that “during the past 3,421 years, only 268 have been free of war.”

The real price of war is its casualties.

Keep your name off the roll-call of spiritual fatalities. Putting your trust in God will keep you out of the spiritually-dead obituaries.

In the face of national tragedy, God said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love . . . I will build you up again” (Jer 31:3–4).

With disaster all around, David declared, “I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed” (Ps 57:1).

Frederick Buechner described God’s grace as a gentle voice, saying, “Here is the world. Terrible and beautiful things will happen. Don’t be afraid, I am with you.”

Trust doesn’t come instantly and effortlessly.
It’s a process of discipline and maturation.

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