Today's Devotional Thought
January 24, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
December 7, 1941. Franklin D. Roosevelt called it "a date which will live in infamy" as he described the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Appealing to Congress' and the American people's sense of being attacked when they were least expecting it, Roosevelt labeled that day as one that will always be known for the shameful, shocking, and brutal attack experienced by Americans.
Do you have a date which will live in infamy? Do you have a date, or even a season of life, where you feel as if you experienced a shameful, shocking, or brutal attack? Maybe you did it to yourself. Maybe someone else did it to you. Or maybe, it just happened because we live in a fallen world full of disease and illness. But, regardless of the reason that it happened, it is a date which brings a sense of shock, sadness, and being stopped in your tracks. Just like America experienced in 1941.
If you think about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, one thing that really sticks out is how shocked we were to be attacked. It actually was not a very smart move for the Japanese because it brought the United States into WWII, a war that they were staying out of to that point. It awoke the sleeping giant and spurred their entrance into the war. And the rest is, as they say, history.
Can you say the same thing about your date which lives in infamy?
I have a date in my life like that. An event that hit me out of the blue. And like the devastation in Hawaii, my life was just leveled. I felt stunned. I felt unfairly hit. I felt unsure of my future. And, I felt scared.
But that event also awoke the sleeping giant of my faith. You see, there was a war, God's war, raging all around me and I was quite frankly, just not engaged in it. I was living my own life, meeting my own needs, and letting others fight the good fight while I lay passively on the sidelines.
But you see, God didn't want me on the sidelines. And friends, he doesn't want you on the sidelines either. He wants us to grab hold of Truth and he wants us to fight to let others know about it. He wants us to really get it and understand it so much that we can't help but tell others. To get in the game and just fight for Truth.
And sometimes that can only happen when we are sneak attacked. Out of the blue. Widespread damage. Left seeking him.
I so strongly believe that God lets us get sneak attacked so that he can awaken our faith and trust and belief in him. Because like it or not, when things get good we tend to drift away, get complacent, and just stop fighting.
I can be thankful now for my date which lives in infamy. Because it is a date on which I grabbed a hold of my Savior and marched into battle. A battle, quite frankly, that I was just not engaged in until that date.
I was pulled into the war by this sneak attack. And friends, I am so glad that I was.