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|Fear Must Not Prevail||09/21/2006|
Fear's effect depends on two things: wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is the assimilation of information. Wisdom is the correct application of these facts. The two, when properly developed, give us the strength and ability to stand when most men fall.
As a pilot, I have been in frightening situations. Learning the laws of physics and aerodynamics allowed me to maneuver aircraft high above the ground. But I also learned that one of a pilot's greatest threats comes from thunderstorms. These monsters of the sky are unpredictable, powerful and dangerous. They can toss man's greatest flying machines to the ground. Yet, I never flew in fear of storms.
Certainly, a healthy level of wariness came from my knowledge of thunderstorms. I watched for them, cautiously flew around them, and guarded my life, passengers and aircraft when they were near. But I never allowed fear to keep me on the ground.
From study and experience, I learned how to deal with cumulonimbus clouds. I understood how to predict, as much as possible, their wind patterns and movement. I also knew how much stress the airplane could take, if caught in a storm. I could calculate time and distance to gauge how fast I could escape or how far I needed to fly in order to get over or around them.
This knowledge gave me the confidence I needed to fly without fear. However, it couldn't save me from myself. Many intelligent, experienced pilots have gotten into trouble despite their knowledge because they lacked the wisdom and judgment to apply their knowledge to their immediate situation.
Knowledge can overcome fear, but wisdom can overcome the thing that causes fear in the first place. A brave pilot may boldly fly straight into a storm, but a wise pilot will deftly navigate around it. No amount of knowledge can guarantee human performance in the face of peril. Fear can produce recklessness or panic, both of which make a dangerous situation worse. But foolishness can produce results just as catastrophic. Information is necessary, but not sufficient. Godly wisdom must accompany knowledge to ensure good judgment.
In the fearful days in which we live, knowledge and wisdom are critical. Free people, facing the aggressive threat of terrorists, must not live in fear. We must continue to fly, but with caution. Good people will always be wary of those who seek to murder innocent men, women and children.
A pilot will quickly recognize a violent, supercell thunderstorm. It often appears as a huge mushroom cloud, similar to the signature of an atomic or nuclear explosion. You don't have to be an expert to recognize the unstable conditions and mounting turbulence in the Middle East, the United Nations and parts of our Southern Hemisphere. Fear must not rule, but it is crucial that we acquire reliable intelligence and execute wise decisions to safely navigate the gathering storms.
In order to survive and overcome evil, we must learn the facts and pray for wisdom that will enable us to elude destruction and contain the enemy. The world is a fearsome place. But with the knowledge that good can always overcome evil, wise men can prevail. If we operate with flawed judgment and poor decisions, then history will record the tragic results of our foolishness.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, an international humanitarian aid ministry; host of the television program, Life Today; and author of The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net
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