In 1944, Lt. Hiroo Onoda (20 years old) was sent by the Japanese army to the remote Philippine island of Lubang. His mission was to conduct guerrilla warfare during World War II. Unfortunately, he was never officially told the war had ended; so for 29 years, Onoda continued to live in the jungle, ready for when his country would again need his services and information. Eating coconuts and bananas and deftly evading searching parties he believed were enemy scouts.
Leaflet after leaflet was dropped. Newspapers were left. Photographs and letters from relatives were dropped. Friends and relatives spoke out over loudspeakers. There was always something suspicious, so he never believed that the war had really ended.
Onoda hid in the jungle until he finally emerged from the dark recesses of the island on March 19, 1972. (29 years)
Lt. Onoda was free but still lived in fear.
In various areas of our lives, if we’re honest, the struggle of suspicion & second-guessing will keep us bound long after the battle is over.
Whether the struggle was a failed marriage, job loss, people walking away from our ministry, or family issues, we second-guess our freedom and view life through the binoculars of suspicion.
Today, I encourage you to stop living in yesterday’s battles!
FREE YOURSELF! The battle is over!