Acting On Hope
Dr. Larry Harper
"In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by
various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that
perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
(1 Peter 1:6-7)
In 1931 a British pilot by the name of Sir Douglas Bader, lost both legs in a plane accident. He was fitted with artificial legs, continued to fly and became an ace pilot with the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain. In 1941 he was shot down and captured by the Nazis. One of his artificial legs was crushed in the process. The Germans so respected Sir Douglas that they radioed the British RAF requesting they air drop a new pair of legs for him. Given clearance over the skies of Germany, the RAF fulfilled the request. It was a mistake, since after his fourth attempt at escaping, the Germans had to lock up his artificial legs so he couldn’t get to them.
We can be held captive by our fears and the dark days that come. We can let those situations keep us from our freedom in Christ. However, as a person of faith, we have a motivation to keep trying. We act on our hope not our fears. It is hope that drives us, over and again. We will stand on spiritual tiptoes, if you will, anticipating what He will do for the praise His glory.
Father, be glorified today in my trying to do the best I can in my duties and all that I may face today. Amen.
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