I believe the very definition of sanity is to recognize danger and then let appropriate caution lead you around it.
In the things of mortals seeking the face of God, there is a sequence whereby we may gain extraordinary courage before we face those things which we fear. It isn’t reasonable to jump out of a perfectly good airplane – until you have acquired and learned to trust your parachute. The sequence whereof I am speaking is the process of learning faith. I don’t mean to gain faith, or to exercise what faith you have, I mean to “learn” greater faith.
If a person is paralyzed by fear from beginning their personal quest, then they are probably looking out of the airplane door before having acquired their parachute of faith.
By learning to obey the Holy Spirit, which is in fact the voice of Jesus Christ, we “learn” by righteous experience that when we do what Jesus Christ is asking us to do, that goodness, blessings and peace are always the result.
This process is so simple that few recognize it. It works like this:
After a thousand instances of obedience to Christ, and the resulting blessedness, is compared to a thousand acts of disobedience, and the unavoidable pain which always follows, we learn with great power that our only safety is in Jesus Christ, and where He sends us. This is learned faith. In time it gives us sufficient courage to resume our quest with faith strong enough to consecrate everything required of us to complete our journey to the throne of God.
Courage is not an absence of fear, it is setting aside the fear we feel because faith tells us this is the right thing to do. Faith doesn’t give us a perfect knowledge of what will happen – only the knowledge that it is right, and that peace and joy always follow obedience. Acting by faith alone doesn’t mean that there won’t be loss, it means that God repays 100 fold.
Once upon the path as one whose discipleship is by faith, cast in eternal stone, we find that this higher road is the pathway of joy, peace and happiness after all. And, trying to fly under the spiritual radar to avoiding the additional trials we suspected were on the pathway to the face of God, placed those very trials we feared everywhere before us upon the low road of fear.
© August 2011, Johh M. Pontius, all rights reserved. Non-commercial reproduction permitted.