Monday, August 03, 2015

Protection Through Persecution (2 Corinthians 11:30-33)

Today’s scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:30-33

Friday, we talked about the persecution Christians will face. While most of us won’t be imprisoned or martyred for our faith, we will be insulted or ridiculed.

But God is our faithful protector in each and every situation. He miraculously opened prison doors (Acts 12:7; 16:26), closed lions’ mouths (Daniel 6:22), and provided ways of escape, like Paul’s being let down in a basket. And even when in the midst of suffering, He brings peace and joy (Acts 16:25).

We can be confident that, no matter what persecution we experience, our God will be with us (Hebrews 13:5). He will walk with us, often carry us. And we can know without doubt that even if He calls us to make the ultimate earthly sacrifice, our reward will be heaven itself.

And while on earth, we know that persecution will: 

“we may study patience, courage, and firm trust in God. Here we may learn to think less of ourselves; and we should ever strictly keep to truth, as in God's presence; and should refer all to his glory, as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for evermore.” (Matthew Henry Concise Commentary of the Whole Bible)

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