When Dwight D. Eisenhower was Supreme Commander of the Allied invasion of Europe, he was faced with the responsibility of making one of the most far-reaching decisions ever forced upon one man’s conscience: the decision to change the date of D-Day, almost at the last moment.
The consequences of being wrong in his decision, he said, were so overwhelming that he felt absolutely crushed by it. In his extremity, he sought for someone to help him in his decision. But he was the Supreme Commander, and in the last analysis, this lonely man had to make the decision that would affect millions of lives.
He said later: “I knew I did not have the required wisdom. But I turned to God, and I asked God to give me wisdom. I yielded myself to Him. I surrendered myself. And He gave me clear guidance. He gave me insight to see what was right, and He endowed me with courage to make my decision. And finally, He gave me peace of mind in the knowledge that, having been guided by God to the decision, I could leave the results to Him.” Thus, history was changed forever. 1
Psalm 97:5 promises, “The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord.”
“Mountains” speak of problems, difficulties, impossible situations, etc. They seem to flow down, as if they were like wax before a raging fire. These situations cannot stand before Him. The most lofty troubles and trials are as nothing in His presence.
“If there is no God, then nothing really matters. But if there is a God, then nothing else really matters!” 2
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- Morris Mandel, A Complete Treasury of Stories for Public Speakers, Middle Village, NY, 11379, Copyright 1974, p. 323
- Pulpit Helps, March 1997