Victory in 2018 . . .
Victory in 2018 . . .
By now we have heard, and said, "Happy New Year" many times. But is this just wishful thinking in the kind of world we now live in? It depends on this: "This is the victory that overcometh the world: even our faith." 1 John 5:4b (KJV)
The same victorious philosophy was expressed poetically by William Shakespeare:
"What though the mast be now blown overboard,
The cable broke, the holding anchor lost,
And half our sailors swallow'd in the flood?
Yet lives our Pilot still."
Throughout human history, a marked propensity in literature exists to liken a person's passage through life to a ship's voyage across a sea. This metaphor is so apt because both situations so often encounter the unexpected . . . and sometimes in terrifying proportions. It is at such times that the presence or absence of faith becomes so apparent.
Demon Despair easily claims those without faith in their Pilot. But his whisperings of doom have no effect on those who know their Pilot can bring them through successfully.
There is no question that your life, and mine, will encounter storms in 2018 . . . some extremely severe. This seems to be inevitable. The question is whether you and I will be found to have faith in our Pilot when those times come. The whole world may seem to be against you. But "this is the victory that overcometh the world: even our faith."
Faith doesn't have to know all the answers. Faith just believes the Pilot knows them all. And that belief defeats despair and maintains an inward calm, even when outward turbulence exists. For our Pilot has promised to bring those who believe in Him to a destination that makes every year just one step closer to ultimate happiness.
For our Pilot has said, He ". . . shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Behold, I make all things new." Revelation 21:4b-5 (KJV)
Where would someone find such a Pilot as that? Hmmm . . . I thought you'd never ask. His name is Jesus.
Andrew (Andy) Johnson
Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)
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