One morning about a year ago, I awoke hearing a Scripture verse in my spirit: “Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.” (Heb 10:35)
Then, I was reading in George W. Bush’s autobiography, the chapter on Afghanistan, less than a month after the conflagrations the President ordered began there, the media and some pacifist politicians were unjustly and unwisely already beginning to cast doubt and aspersions regarding the mission, evoking the “Q-word” — likening the scenario to a Vietnam-like “quagmire.” The President went around the room at the next NSC meeting and asked every member, who were a mix of advisers, cabinet officials, and top military commanders:
‘I just want to make sure that all of us DID agree on this plan, right?’ They all agreed.
I assured the team that we had the right strategy. Our plan was well conceived. Our military was capable. Our cause was just. We shouldn’t give in to second-guessing or let the press panic us. ‘We’re going to stay confident and patient, cool and steady,’ I said.
I could sense the relief in the room. The experience reminded me that even the most accomplished and powerful people sometimes need to be reassured.
The truth of that last sentence seized my attention, and made me think of the application of that statement to commanders in God’s Army—ministers commissioned as field commanders in the war of the ages against “the prince of the power of the air.” Even the most accomplished and powerful people sometimes need to be reassured. In the “City of the living God,” “The Heavenly Jerusalem,” i.e., the Church, Mount Zion from above (cf., Heb. 12:22; Rev. 14:21), God speaks to His people not through presidents, but prophets, and above all else, including when on first hearing or on the surface it does not sound or seem to be so, the message of the prophet is one of edification, exhortation, and encouragement “to men,” in particular (1 Cor. 14:3). Continue reading “Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence!” »