OUR FINEST HOUR! 10-29-2017

posted Nov 19, 2017, 5:43 PM by Dale Barnes

In the beginning days of the 2nd World War, England was in terrible straits. Nazi Germany had conquered all of western Europe. Only the English channel separated the England from the German army.  They were being bombed relentlessly. It seemed hopeless.  Prime Minister Winston Churchill challenged the people not to give up. He said, “If the British empire lasts a thousand years, may it be said; this was their finest hour.”  He said, “We will fight them in the streets. We will fight them in the fields. We will fight them in the hills. We will never give up!” The British won in the end. It was their finest hour!   

It is easy to think one’s finest hour is when everything seems to be going well and there is great success, however the depth of a person’s commitment and heart most likely is found during the hard times. Jesus’ eternal exaltation came not from some successful outward exploit, but “but being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself  and became obedient to death--even death on a  cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name...every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

(Phil.2:8-11)  The cross was his finest hour!

The apostle tells us that everything works together for good in the Christian’s life to make us more like Jesus. (Ro.8:28-29)  When we have the opportunities to serve in difficult situations; when we face hard decisions and challenges and walk on with God, we are on our way to being conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is time to trust God’s love and faithfulness and walk with him. This hardship may be our finest hour!