YOU’RE BEING WATCHED!
Philadelphia is only an hour away from where we live so we enjoy taking visitors to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. I’m always struck by the faithfulness of the early patriots no matter how difficult things got for them. I was reminded of Thomas Paine’s words on December 23, 1776. “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” They are a fine example of faithfulness even these many years later.
When I think of the Christians in India and their faithfulness despite persecution and opposition I also am encouraged to persevere. Things continue to get worse for them but they keep their eyes on Jesus and steadfastly serve Him.
The truth of the matter, though, is that all of us are being watched – especially when we face hurt, loss, difficulties and problems. We think God should immediately remove them, but, like with Job, they are our opportunity to let others who are watching see our faith in operation. It’s Jesus in our lives! And, yes, more people are watching you than you think, especially when life gets difficult. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves at those times or wondering why God has allowed them to happen, we should see them as opportunities to let our lights shine so that other others are attracted to the Savior Who carries us through tough times. Always remember: you are being watched. What do people see in you?
1 Peter 4:16 if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
Job 1:21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.
When you face life’s problems and frustrations, do you see them as an opportunity to trust in Jesus so others can see the difference He makes in your life?
Who is an example of faithfulness to you? To whom can you be an example of faithfulness as well?