I recently bought an early, Father’s Day gift for my husband — 7 Men by Eric Metaxas. If you aren’t familiar with Metaxas, he is the author who penned Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life story several years ago. In his current book, he examines the lives of seven men who surrendered themselves completely to God, even in the face of persecution and in some cases even death. A chapter is dedicated to each of these men: George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, Pope John Paul II, and Charles Colson.
The section on Eric Liddell, which I read yesterday, was particularly inspiring. You may recall the movie Chariots of Fire, which told of his refusal to run the 100-meter race during the 1924 Olympics because of his conviction about the Sabbath. Without going into more detail, his story goes far beyond what was seen on the screen. He ultimately dedicated his life to become a missionary in China. His life exemplified total obedience and trust in God. His utmost desire was to do the work of the Master –a deep longing that he expressed at one of his first speaking engagements about his faith. Like the other men presented in the book, Liddell’s walk with God was immovable. Their success was grounded in their total reliance on Christ.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book. I actually bought two copies — one for my husband and myself.
Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia