Today’s devotional from Ed looks at the three men facing death in the book of Daniel:
We are encouraged to be strong, I Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:10. Even Nebuchadnezzar saw the wisdom in trusting the Lord, Daniel 3:28. A lack of faith is disastrous. Until we know for certain that we are in the hands of God, we will have little effect of the hearts of men.
This last sentence above leads us to seek greater faith.
Focus question: How do I draw courage from my faith? How do I develop a faith strong enough to help me face any challenge?
God gives courage to the simple and untrained who speak boldly about Jesus. May it be so today!
Urgency of the apostles. In spite of the warning, the apostles continued to speak about the Lord, Acts 4:20; 5:20,21. They talked about Christ because they were irrepressibly compelled to mention Him, I Corinthians 9:16; cf. Jeremiah 20:9.
Ed M.’s devotional today reminds us to not wait for “congenial times” to speak.
Focus question: How will boldness motivate me to speak up today about Jesus’ work of salvation?
A quote by the great Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is going around: “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today.”
It is a striking feature in the Lord’s church as well. Society has influenced our people. In so many corners, we’ve becoming mealymouthed. We fear rejection and opposition.
Sensitivity is needed, yes, and love must be evident, but the words of life and justice and righteousness must be spoken. The gospel is not designed to make everyone everywhere feel good. Joel Osteen has cornered that market.
Jesus Christ offers eternal salvation to those who will repent; he sends his people into the world to be courageous and to speak that good word of change and transformation. Let the outside observer notice such a courage.