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God in the Battle
WHILE TALKING to a group of university students recently, former Khe Sanh Chaplain Ray Stubbe was asked about the spirituality of the men he served with in combat. He ...

God in the Battle

In their conversations with me, they said they were aware of the presence of God precisely in the midst of the terrors and horrors of war there. God is with us precisely in the dark times of life, in horror and terror and war. God is on the cross, identifying with us when we face death. We have peace, in the original sense of “Shalom,” which is not the absence of conflict, but the presence and blessing of God precisely IN the battle.

The chaplain is reminding us of one of the great attributes of God. We know he doesn’t prevent war, and that he doesn’t shelter us from life-or-death situations. Neither, however, does he in times of extreme stress abandon those faithful to him. He knows where we are, and he hears our cries. Most Christians I know look back at the crises in their lives as the moments God was closest. When we have this kind of faith, there is no crisis that can’t eventually have a silver lining. We need to use our moments of vulnerability as opportunities to lean more completely on God and to grow closer to him. To those who did reach out in faith, he was there in Vietnam, even in the midst of the battle.

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