Afraid? Of What?

Afraid? Of What?

by H. Hamilton

Afraid? Of What?

To feel the Spirit’s glad release?

To pass from pain to perfect peace?

The strife and stain of life to cease?

Afraid-of that?

Afraid? Of What?

Afraid to see the Savior’s face

To hear His welcome, and to trace

The glory gleam from wounds of grace?

Afraid-of that?

Afraid? Of What?

A flash, a crash, a pierced heart;

Darkness, light, O’ Heaven’s art!

A wound of His a counter part!

Afraid-of that?

Afraid? Of What?

To do by death what life could not-

Baptize with blood a stony plot,

Till souls shall blossom from the spot?

Afraid-of THAT?

In memory of Jack Vinson, Martyr in China, 1931

 

Truly afraid of what.

These words encapsulate so perfectly the beauty of the Hope of the Christian life. The strengthen that it takes to stand before the guns of man and declare the hope of Christ. The strength to stand when others fall away. It is not our own doing. The strength of the martyrs is the strength of Christ.

I wish to encourage you today with these words as a reflection on the reality that fear truly has no victory in the Christian life. For that which we fear is temporary while the hope of Christ is eternal

What is it we fear so greatly in this life, look to Jesus.

What is it that has us so broken down that we cannot lift our face,

He is the one who lifts up the broken

Our strife and strains are but a blink in the blessed eternity of our savior

The Darkness that seems to surround us will soon in time pass into the beauty of the Son.

 

For those who have gone before they experience the full blessing of this reality today, and for us in our trials we can look forward to the glory that is to be revealed in that day.

Remember the words of Christ: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

-John 16:33

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