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We Can Trust God!

rob-military1In my new found relationship with God, David was one of my heroes. As I learned about him in 1 and 2 Samuel and read his prayers in the Psalms I wanted to imitate his love and passion for the Lord. David’s strong, masculine relationship with God also demonstrated for me what God wants to do in and through a man who follows him.

After God delivered David from those who were trying to kill him David wrote Psalm 18. There he credits God with the strength and protection that spared his life. I love the way he expresses his dependence and diligence as a man trusting God. In verse 29 (NLT) David shouts with joy to God, “In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.” I too wanted to be a man who is following Jesus Christ and trusting him for strength and leading.

Well, at 19 years old, we were still at war in Viet Nam and the draft was still in force. So when I received a letter from Uncle Sam informing me that I was being inducted into the military, I remember feeling a sense of excitement and anticipation. I knew that nothing like this could happen to me without God’s sovereign direction. The military was not something I had shown any interest in, but I took it as an opportunity to grow in Christ and serve my country.

Back then not everyone shared my trust in God’s sovereign hand to guide and protect me. I remember one well-meaning Christian warned me sternly that the military could not possibly be good for me, nor God’s will for me. I asked her why not and what she would have me do about it? She expressed fear for the evil influences to which I’d be exposed, but had no answer for any legal means of avoiding it. I assured her that God could take care of me in the military as well as anywhere else and encouraged her to let God be God.

On the day of my induction, I reported to the Federal Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had a small bag with a change of clothes, toothbrush and toothpaste, and I had my Bible under my arm. I walked into a very large, bustling office and stopped to look around and figure out what I was to do next. Just then, a sergeant behind a desk called me over and asked me about my Bible! I told him that I am a follower of Christ and he declared himself one too. Then he asked me why I was there.

With this Christian sergeant’s guidance my life took a major turn within the next few hours. I had come that day with orders to go to basic training in Kentucky with no particular focus in training after basic. When I left by bus four hours later, I had orders to go to basic in Missouri, following which I would be assigned to the Army Security Agency and be trained as a linguist. I was overwhelmed with a sense of God’s pleasure and presence with me.

David prayed in Psalm 18:36, “You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was leading me and that I could trust him!

©2009 Rob Fischer

3 comments

1 Greg Grebe { 09.24.09 at 8:09 pm }

Nice photo! and nice story. Shared it with Mary. gjg

2 Greg Grebe { 09.24.09 at 8:10 pm }

Nice photo! and enjoyed the story. Shared it with my wife Mary. Greg

3 Rob { 09.30.09 at 3:05 am }

Thanks Greg! God is good isn’t he!
Rob