“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us: (II Corinthians 1:8-10)
They keep telling us that we will not be pushed beyond what we can bear. I beg to differ.
God will take us to the place where we can only trust in Him.
Where nothing is left but Him.
It is there, in that desolate place, where He will show us how He is all that we will ever need.
It is sobering to look around and see how the world is completely absorbed with its own vain show. Men are focused on things that will soon change and be forgotten. They bite and scratch for a taste of glory that will soon vanish like smoke in the wind.
This life is short. At most, it is usually no more than 70 or 80 years. Then we pass away.
The work we have done may be endure through generations . . . or it may not.
We do not know if the things we have written, spoken or labored for will produce the fruit we seek. We cannot know. The causes we strive to push forward may last for a time.
Or they may not.
One of my favorite movies is, “The Outlaw Josey Wales”. This is one of Clint Eastwood’s finest.
And one of my favorite scenes is near the end of the film. Josey has ridden to make a pact with a local tribe of Comanche. They are led by a chief called, Ten Bears. He is a formidable-looking character. This meeting could easily cost Josey his life.
Check out this short clip from that movie.
Something about that exchange moves me deeply whenever I watch it. Because it has to do with truth on a very primal level. Where men risk their lives to be straight forward with each other. And then stand solidly upon that which they promised.