June 3, 2021

The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. (Psalm 37:12-15)

I remember a speaker at one of the Youth Evangelism Conferences telling a story about a young boy in an elementary school in Romania in the early 1970s, when Romania was under the dictatorship of Ceausescu, and persecution of Christians was intense. The military visited the school one morning and demanded that students line up outside. While standing in the snow, one of the officers threw a Bible on the ground in the students’ middle. One by one, each child was demanded to spit on the Bible. The boy stood, so nervous he could barely move. Could he, as a believer in Christ, do such a thing? A girl standing next to him (his friend), also a believer, when confronted by the Officer, stooped down to her knees in the snow, picked up the Bible, and kissed it. Without warning, the Officer pulled out his revolver and shot her in the head – then the Officers left. The boy’s life was spared, but not his friends’.

We do not understand why God does not protect us all in the same way. Some are rescued and proclaim that “God is good.” Is He not also good to others to whom calamity and trials befall? The author of (Psalm 37:12-24) clarifies that although life may seem unfair, justice will prevail one day.

Friends, this passage concludes with a promise, God will support us through all our trials. Remember what (Romans 8:28) says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” As Christians who can practice and preach our faith freely with no repercussions, it is essential to Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who face persecution daily for those same acts. Would you Pray with me?

Lord, I thank You for the fact that I am united to millions of brothers and sisters around the world in Christ. Lord, many of them are not free to follow You. I ask that You grant them the strength to stand up and be counted for You in the face of opposition. As the Lord Jesus made the good confession before Pilate, empower them to make a good confession for You. May they hold fast to the hope of reward on judgment day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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