Isaiah 2:5-22; 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13; Luke 20:27-40
A Japanese proverb says, “There is no poverty that can overtake diligence.” If the greatest poverty is unbelief then we might make much of this adage.
When the world afflicts the faithful, there is only one thing for the faithful to do: continue being faithful. Christians must suffer adversity; it is the way of the world. Do not allow troubles to move you from God. Be more diligent to stand fast. Increase your love for each other and also for those who mistreat you. (Matt 5:44; Luke 6:28; Rom 12:14)
Affliction comes in a variety of shapes, so be ready to give faithful answers (1Pet 3:15) to the tricksters among you. Know however, that though “a soft answer turns away wrath” (Prov 15:1), well-spoken and faithful answers sometimes bring even worse abuse. All one can do then is keep walking in the light of the Lord—and pray for his quick return. (Rev 22:20b)
We do not like troubles but being a Christian means suffering. There is no other way. So, let us walk together faithfully in the light of the Lord, knowing that the world’s great poverty, its unbelief, can never overtake the diligence of faith.
Prayer: Help us be faithful, Lord, as we await your return. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.