I have been thinking about (and praying for) the persecuted church this morning; our brothers and sisters who face prison, torture and even death for their faith in Jesus. It has caused me to reflect and realize that for the majority of us, the most difficult decision we will ever face will likely not come at the point of a gun or at the threat of a jail sentence. More likely, we will face situations where we wish we could “die” (in a figurative sense) but can’t. Situations involving confrontation, discipline, repentance, forgiveness and so on. Be that as it may, it is in situations such as these where our living, active and viable faith in Jesus can shine most brightly. When tempted to run from your problem today, run instead to your heavenly Father – your living hope – and ask Him for the victory in whatever circumstance or situation you may face. He is an ever-present help in our time of trouble or need.
“God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear: though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her, and that right early.”
(Psalm 46:1-5, amplified)