Faith is not wimpy. Faith is not feeble. Faith is not miserable. Faith is not pathetic. Faith is the only antidote capable of killing fear. Fear is far too estimable a foe to be vanquished by anything meager, miserable, or pitiful.
A horse who is ridden toward a seven foot tall wall does not jump because it is meek or broken. The horse jumps in obedience to the rider in whom the horse places its faith and trust. To be submissive is not the same as being broken. One cannot be obedient if there is no option to choose another path. Obedience is not the lack of choice, but the choice to submit to a request.*
To be meek is to be humble, gentle, and patient. Each of these words evoke an image of quiet strength, not resigned or feigned weakness. Faith is a gift. Faith is a blessing. That blessing is not given to those who give up, but to those who press on.
Horses learn to be bold by faith in a worthy leader. We are the same. Our most worthy leader is Jesus Christ who asks us to be bold; asks us to be humble, gentle, and patient. Faith is the stuff of the warrior whether in armor heading into battle or in faded jeans and sandals working in a homeless shelter.
My Utmost for His Highest – Perseverance and Faith
Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly.
Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life— throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God.
by Oswald Chambers.
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* The habit of obedience is discussed at length in Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace: Pursuing relationship with God, horses, and one another. Visit our BOOKS page for more information.