“…Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
There is trouble in the world–ISIS and other terrorist groups slay our people daily; our own government is eager to strip citizens of the right to bear arms in defense of themselves against growing tyrannical powers that seem set on forcing homosexuality and other ungodliness on our society. The world is full of trouble. Yet we look for days when,
“…the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established on the top of the mountains…They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore”
We labor for that day as we also pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, ON EARTH as it is in heaven.”
In other countries, our brothers and sisters face the hostilities of devil inspired cultures and leaders of state. Many take their lives into their hands each time they meet to worship or perform any service in the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ, or witness to the Gospel. In America we do not experience such things. They daily face the reality of Romans 8:36: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” As glum as this is, we must take this verse along with the rich promises that come right before and follow immediately after. The verses just before tell us God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose, and that He has secured salvation for us – and causes us to triumph over every enemy, circumstance and difficulty. The verses after tell us, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”, and nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. So then with much difficulty (sheep for slaughter difficulty) there are many promises of God’s sustaining and triumphing presence and power.
Many of our brothers and sisters this very day face the prospect of being “sheep for the slaughter”. We ourselves, though persecution seems not so near, could also face such things. Let us pray for and encourage them as we are able, and also call upon the Lord that we would be faithful in the midst of relative abundance and ease
“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body”
In the service of Christ our King,
Dr. Eugene Clingman
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