January 19, 2018 – Friday
1 Thessalonians 2:2 [NIV] We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.
I read in a magazine about so many Christians being challenged throughout the world. Some lose their jobs and careers, others are beaten and imprisoned, and some lose their lives. They suffer all because they are sure in God. They choose to have faith in Him, and not faith in the ways of this world. And in their suffering from injustice, you can see the power of God flowing in places where the darkness had no light.
Scripture teaches us that following Jesus is not easy. It will bring suffering and outrageous treatment. Ridicule. Torment. Harassment. And, in some parts of the world, even death. Torment and ridicule happen where I live and work. What happens where you live and work?
Let us learn a lesson from the persecuted brothers and sisters we read about and see in the news. Let us learn a lesson from those we see in our own corners of the world. We don’t have to compromise conviction – not at home, not in town, not at work. We need to be sure in God – sure in His word and His will.
Wherever He has planted you, regardless of where you work and whoever may try to keep you from sharing His message and showing His way, be sure in God that He will lead, protect, and provide for you and your household.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Continue to give me Your strength so I can stay sure in Your son, Jesus. So I can present Your message and Your way to others I see throughout the day. So I may bring glory to Your name. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA