Prospect of the Persecuted (Nehemiah 2:20)

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In 1980, the U.S. Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography was made public, exposing an evil that destroys lives. It called for strict enforcement of existing pornography laws. Those who disagreed with the commission’s findings immediately voice their anger. One writer was so incensed by the report that he used that term “subhuman” to describe anyone who agrees with it. And publishers of pornographic literature filed a lawsuit against each of the 11 people on the Commission.

In every century, righteousness has been opposed by the hostility of the wicked. Nehemiah met with bitter opposition while attempting to do God’s will in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. When he left Persia, Nehemiah had the king’s approval. But when he reached Jerusalem, he ran into a completely different attitude. A group of men who had been profiteering from the lowly and defenseless state of the Jewish people didn’t want the situation to change. They began their fights against Nehemiah by ridiculing the Jews and accusing them of disloyalty to the king of Persia. This frightened some of the Jewish people, but it neither frightened nor discouraged Nehemiah. He declared his confidence in God.

The attacks of godless secular humanists on Christians today are likely to intensify, but this need not discourage us. We can address our enemies with the words of Nehemiah: “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us.” He will vindicate His own. – Herbert Vander Lugt

Forbid it, Lord, that I should be

Afraid of persecution’s frown;

For You have promised faithful ones

That they shall wear the victor’s crown. – H. G. Bosch

To be right with God often means we will be in trouble with man.

  • June 9, 1987, Our Daily Bread
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