Samuel Rutherford: The cure for timidity

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

“The only cure for indolence is work; the only cure for selfishness is sacrifice; the only cure for unbelief is to shake off the ague of doubt, by doing Christ’s bidding; the only cure for timidity is to plunge into some dreaded duty before the chill comes on.”

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 346.

I made it safely to Mott, North Dakota, yesterday evening. I am thankful for the opportunity to hunt pheasant and fellowship with John Roswech and some of his friends.

Think with me about the fact that God has given you the power, love, and self-discipline that you need to live out the Christian faith. Seriously, reflect on the fact that you have all you need to sustain you.

When I teach, I say that you don’t figure it out until you live it out that the teachings of Jesus on money will help you take hold of life, sometimes people give me a funny look. It’s the look of timidity.

Rutherford reminds us that the cure for timidity is to work, to sacrifice, to defy all doubt by living a life of faith and trust with commitment to fulfilling our duty as followers of Christ.

He rightly refers to it as taking a plunge because it requires faith. Those who do find it is the antidote for avarice, the cure for consumerism, and the prescription for peace.

My family can testify that until Christ is all you have, you don’t really realize that He’s all you have ever needed and will ever need. Take the plunge before the proverbial chill comes on.

Work, put some sacrifice in your generosity, and quench all doubt with the experience of putting your trust in God to sustain you. Again, you don’t discover it’s the cure until you try it.