by Sandy Kirby Quandt
When we look back over history, we find those who were faithful to do what God called them to do despite the prevailing thought and opposition at the time. These faithful of God did not seek fame or comfort or recognition for their good deeds and obedience, they merely sought to honor God with their lives. Oh, that we would do the same.
At times we may grow weary in doing good, feel like giving up, and not want to fight the good fight anymore, but it is precisely at those times God’s strength shines the brightest through these broken vessels we call our lives.
Moses really wasn’t too keen on returning to Egypt and confronting Pharaoh, demanding he let God’s people go, but go Moses did. Not in his strength, but in the strength and power of a Mighty God.
God’s many prophets warned the rebellious Israelites to turn from their wickedness, but the people refused to listen and did what was right in their own eyes, regardless of how their actions went against God’s laws.
Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail for preaching about Jesus, the Risen Messiah, yet their songs of praise rang out through the jail until their chains fell, and the door to their cell flew open.
In more recent years there was Harriett Tubman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oskar Shindler, Corrie Ten Boom, Mother Teresa, Jim Elliot … and many many more. Men and women who were faithful, sacrificed themselves, and stood up for justice for the sake of others.
So when we become overwhelmed and burdened by the things going on around us, let’s think of all the Saints who have been faithful and gone before. Let us take courage, and keep on keeping on to fight the good fight in accordance with God’s will. Amen?
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Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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