A Bulwark Never Failing


“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” – 2 Timothy 2:4

I find myself sitting in Hatch Auditorium at Ft. Caswell on Oak Island. It is an amazing place, and I’ve blogged about coming here several times in the past. I was walking by the ruins of one of the bunkers when 2 Timothy 2:4 popped in my head. You can see from the picture above what I was looking at, a hole in the wall. One of dozens of holes in the wall that stretch across its entire perimeter. They are kinda conical as they come in from the outside wall in with feet of brick enforcement between. Wise design for a fort build during early 19th century, no so much for today’s warfare. But these holes could me manned as post for dozens of soldiers ready to defend the fort against any enemy trying to come up the river to attack the port of Wilmington.

The picture I have is from the outside looking in. You see that the bricks come to a focal point in the gap just wide enough for a rifle to move around in the soldiers wedged view. The only view the soldier can have is that of the war if his post was at one of these holes. Go back with me to 2 Timothy 2 if you will. The soldiers aim is to please the one who enlisted him. A soldier in Christ Jesus’ aim is do simply do the will of the father, to remain focused. Getting entangled in civilian affairs is not profitable for a soldiers C.O. As a follower of Christ Jesus we have been enlisted into his army. Our sole aim and goal is to obey His will and bring him glory in all that we do. That requires keeping focus, and keeping our eyes on the battle. We have our bulwark in the one who enlisted us. Though we are to share in hardships, we have a mighty fortress in the Lord of Host, our shield and defender.

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