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Kneel for Whom You Feel

May 19

"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; ... and prayed ... before his GOD"  Daniel 6:10

"Crises will come like cold fronts over our lives ..."






Peace is the antithesis of panic, but most of us find the latter dominant when adversity comes calling.   Why, when trouble sends out her couriers, do we haste to RSVP in person, dressed in our shroud?  While it is true that you know not what tomorrow will hold, it seems a bit impetuous to mark all the squares on your doomsday calendar.  Crises will come like cold fronts over our lives, but they need not move us to fatalism.  Our FOUNDER admonishes: "I have spoken unto you, that in ME ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Pray and keep your powder dry sounds sensible, but it tends to the oxymoronic.  "And HE spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;"  The saint who refuses to faint, trades the powder for fleece, watching peacefully from the ridge as GOD sets all who oppose to panic instead (cf. Judges 6:36-40).  Whom we ultimately fear is who\WHO we will fall before, whether it be self, Satan, or the SAVIOR.  "... fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear HIM which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."  Call before you fall is the moral here; and though Daniel was not privy to New Testament teaching, he epitomized those words of CHRIST in his reaction to Darius's foolish edict.  He likewise predated the courage of: "Peter and the other apostles ..." having chosen "to obey GOD rather than men."

"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to HIS cross;"  There is a positive panic to be derived out of a Writing, [i.e., the Ten Commandments]; which have been broken by every one of us, in spirit, if not in letter.   That port of panic, can though, if you are prayerfully courageous, turn to a haven against the "handwriting", for all who kneel humbly before the AUTHOR of these "ordinances".  

"Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and HE bringeth them out of their distresses.  HE maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so HE bringeth them unto their desired haven."

For Love of Country
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
(French Statesman)
"I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors ...; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning.  I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.  Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

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