With some deep rooted fortitude, an uniquely embedded substance in the human psyche. That has allowed people to prevail when the odds seemed insurmountable.
If you do not know what I’m referencing, concerning fortitude, as an unique embedded substance in peoples psyche. Ask a solider engulfed in combat, who should have died, but miraculously survived. The same question can be put to any policeman or firefighter put in similar circumstances. Scores of ordinary men and women minding their own business are suddenly thrust into some drama requiring fortitude. When the drama is over, they can not explain how they got the courage to do the unusual.
Then their are people, terminally sick, but who refuse to die. Causing even the medical world to look on in disbelieve. It is the jewel of fortitude in their psyche that will not allow them to give up on life.
History gives us the most fortuitous examples of all time. Its found in the life and death of Jesus Christ and his disciples. Who would ever have thought Christianity would have survived, after the murder on the cross of the movements leader. Followed by the execution of many of his disciples. But Christianity did survive, and through the centuries, the Bible pays homage to the many saints who rose fortuitously to the occasion. They did so because fortitude is that unique God given quality that allowed them, and us, to rise to the occasion. Unfortunately, not all who arise to that occasion, are able to walk away to talk about their experience. But fortunately there are those who have, and as noted, are available to discuss that deep embedded jewel in their psyche or soul. Zechariah touched upon this jewel in his book. When he recorded these words, “… and formed the spirit of man within him,” Zechariah 12:1. Job put it this way, “…the hand of the Lord has done this. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all humankind,” Job 12:10.
God is the giver of life. The very breath, you are breathing, at this very moment, is a precious gift from God. It is God’s life force that connects us to him. Observation shows us that life can continue under many difficult circumstances. We see people in wheel chairs others with seeing eye dogs. They have life through the breath of God. While countless numbers today, not in need of a wheel chair or a seeing eye dog. Will lose their breath and die. That breath given to us by the very hand of God is the only substances that separates the living from the dead.
So you see, fortitude that deeply rooted substance in our psyche or soul is God himself. When necessary, it is God who raises people up to accomplish the insurmountable. “… and lo, I am with you always …,” Matthew 28:20.
We need to be mindful of our importance in the scheme of God’s order and with great reverence. For the Psalmist note prayerfully, and so should we, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained. WHAT IS MAN THAT YOU ARE MINDFUL OF HIM? AND THE SON OF MAN THAT YOU VISITED HIM? FOR YOU HAVE MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, AND HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet. … O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth,” Psalms 8:3-9.
And then from perhaps the most universal know scriptures by countless numbers. Even by those skeptical of scripture exhortations because people are universally drawn to these scriptures, though they fail to grasp the depth of the Twenty third Psalm. Which reads, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; he leads me in the path of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley and shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall fallow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
There fortitude is not only chronicled but captured for you. But if you really want to understand what was chronicled and captured. Quietly think and upon these words, “Be still and know that I am God,” Psalms 46:10.