Words from the Heart for Sunday November 11th, 2018
Here is what people who suffer because of God’s plan should do. They should commit themselves to their faithful Creator. And they should continue to do good.
I Peter 4:19 (NIRV)
People Who Suffer
On this special day two groups of people are being highlighted. First are those who have fought for our country and laid down their lives in sacrifice. We remember and honour their service to our country on our behalf. Next are those who are suffering today because of their faith. Neither are they forgotten. The Lord is mindful of their situation and will be faithful to them.
Half of Canadians – 49 per cent to be precise – have “experienced a mental health issue” at some point in their lives, according to a national survey released this past May. That includes a whopping 63 per cent of millennials, 50 per cent of Gen Xers and 41 per cent of “late boomers”. “The numbers speak for themselves,” according to Jacques Goulet, president of Sun Life Financial Canada, the company that commissioned the poll, “From work-related stress to living with schizophrenia, mental illness crosses all boundaries and touches people at every stage of life.”
There are millions of followers of Jesus around the world today who are suffering simply because the love the Lord Jesus. They live in countries where it is illegal to be a Christian, and worse to leave the majority faith to become a follower of Jesus. There are countless believers who have been arrested and imprisoned, many right now. I have met many who have been beaten for sharing the Gospel, and have been arrested simply for starting a new church. And in countries where it is dangerous to follow Jesus, I have never met one Christian who has asked us to pray for deliverance. They simply ask God to strengthen them and protect them during times of suffering and persecution. This is what 1 Peter 4:19 says: “Here is what people who suffer because of God’s plan should do. They should commit themselves to their faithful Creator. And they should continue to do good.” I am humbled by the attitude of believers who are suffering and persecuted. They are standing strong and living out these principles. Are you taking time regularly to pray for them?
These have been words from the heart.