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Soaring Past Our Fear 12/12/2008

Navigating the storms of life

It takes knowledge and wisdom to navigate a storm.

 

The economy continues to falter. Millions of people face a job loss. All of us face uncertainty. For many, these could be fearful times.

Fear must be recognized and dealt with correctly or fear itself can destroy our future. Understanding and facing fear properly can pave the way to lasting peace and security.

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.

Airline pilots often encounter dangerous situations. Learning the laws of physics and aerodynamics allow them to maneuver aircraft high above the ground. But they know that one of their 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, pilots never fly in fear of storms.

Certainly, a healthy level of wariness can come from knowledge of thunderstorms. Good pilots watch for them, cautiously fly around them, and guard the lives of their passengers by being careful. But they never allow fear to keep them on the ground.

From study and experience, we have learned how to deal with cumulonimbus clouds. Experts can predict, as much as possible, wind patterns and movement. Engineers know how much stress airplanes can take if caught in a storm. Flight navigators can calculate time and distance to gauge how fast they can escape or fly around a dangerous storm.

This knowledge gives all of us confidence to fly without fear. However, it can't save us from bad judgment. 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. Wisdom must accompany knowledge to ensure good judgment.

In the fearful days in which we live, knowledge and wisdom are critical. We must continue to fly, metaphorically speaking, but with caution. Both citizens and leaders need knowledge plus wisdom in order to guide us through chaotic times. This applies not only to the economy, but also to national security and other critical issues.

As Christians, we must pray for those in leadership even as we work to provide for our own families. The world is a fearsome place. But with the knowledge of the Lord, 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

Word Count: 500

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.