Troops in World War 1 dug deep vertical trenches that allowed the fighting men to shield their bodies from nearby shell bursts & small arms fire. They would poke their head & shoulders up over the edge to return fire & then duck back down for protection.
There are no atheists in foxholes is a common expression that describes the terror of being in a foxhole. In times of extreme stress or fear all people will believe in or hope for or cry out to a higher power.
Eric Jagua at Gracewalk says this.
Have you ever heard of the term “foxhole faith”? This refers to someone whose life is falling apart around them and in desperation, they cry out to God to save them. The term actually comes from the wartime, when men who have had nothing to do with God or religion suddenly find themselves in a foxhole with the bullets flying past their head and they cry out to God to save them. “If you get me out of here alive, I’ll serve you, God,” might be something they’d pray in the face of death.
This kind of foxhole commitment rarely ever lasts beyond the rescue. Once the person has returned to safety, the promises fade and life without God eventually returns until the next time they face danger.
A blogpost by Brett Lagg puts it this way
A foxhole prayer is a prayer you pray when things are difficult and pressing. Things like a test you’ve not studied for or a sudden job loss or a terminal diagnosis. Such things can cause even non-religious people to pray a foxhole prayer that sounds something like this: “God, if you’ll just fix this then I’ll do that.”
But what about a “Before The Foxhole Prayer?” Perhaps if we prayed more “before the foxhole prayers,” we might not find ourselves in as many foxholes.
The Folly of Foxhole Faith
The Main Point of Proverbs Is
Get To Know Me
In the Everyday of Life
Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.
She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate.
Come here & listen to me!
I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you & make you wise.
I called you so often but you wouldn’t come.
I reached out to you but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice & rejected the correction I offered.
When calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, when anguish and distress overwhelm you, when you cry for help, you won’t hear my answer.
Though you anxiously search for me, you will not be able to find me.
But All Who Listen To Me
Will Live In Peace
Untroubled By Fear Of Harm
Everyday Faith & Foxhole Faith
Do you pray more in times of crisis then in the ordinary days of life? I know that is sometimes an issue in my life.
Praying in a crisis is a good thing. The problem is that in the middle of crisis the noise of panic & thunder of fear take over.
It’s really difficult to hear what God is saying. It is almost impossible to take a deep breath physically or spiritually.
Like Solomon, the time to develop an Understanding Heart is in the everyday of life.
An Understanding Heart is
- A heart that recognizes God’s voice
- A heart that trust’s God
- A heart that knows how to respond in crisis
We need to know how to pray Everyday Prayers & Foxhole Prayers.
Our Everyday Prayers prepare us for the days when we are in a foxhole – fighting for our life.
On this journey through the book of Proverbs
- Choose to Listen
- Get to know His ways & His heart
- Learn to listen & hear His voice
In the Middle of the Storm
You Will Live In Peace
Untroubled by Fear of Harm
About Face! I can revise your life.
Look I am ready to pour out my Spirit on you.
I’m ready to tell you all I know.
Prov 1:23 MSG