Yesterday, June 6, was the 56th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the Allied invasion of Europe that ultimately turned back the Nazis and liberated Europe.
As I was contemplating this morning, I was struck by a few things.
- First of all, by the courage of General Eisenhower. He had to act decisively in the face of great uncertainty and whatever choice he made; one unavoidable result would be the great loss of human life. If I have my history correct, he even composed a letter accepting responsibility for the failure of the invasion. Fortunately for the world, he never had to use that letter.
- Timing was critical; he could not vacillate as the window for opportunity was small. Not acting or hesitating would be catastrophic.
- The positive results of his decision were not immediately apparent – he had to stay the course to reap the benefits of his decision.
- His courageous and painful decision was a definitive point in the history of this world.
As I thought about D-Day this morning, I thought about the “D-Days” in my life; the critical junctures in my life where I allowed fear to paralyze me and to cause me to miss a window of opportunity. Usually, the fear that held me back was the fear of man. I was, and often am, constrained more by fear of man, the opinions of others, than I am the fear of the Lord.
Fortunately, there have been “D-Days” in my life, where I have stepped out in a courage that was based on my fear of the Lord and He blessed those decisions. One of those was becoming a full-time self-supported missionary to our nation.
How about you? Are you facing” D-Days” in your life where you need to make a definitive decision in the face of uncertainty? Are you allowing the fear of man to prevent you from making life-changing decisions? Step out in a courage that is based upon a healthy fear of our Lord and make those decisions as you trust in Him.
…We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed- God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. 1 Thessalonians 2:4-6