Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 5 Scripture Selection: Psalm 57-58
Food for Thought: Ps. 57:7
The apostle John was the only one among the original disciples who was not martyred for his faith. Through the years, he surely witnessed and received reports of the fate of each one of his brothers in Christ, not to mention that of so many others who had accepted Christ. He himself had been exiled to an inhospitable island, yet was in no way deterred from his faith in Jesus as the true Messiah and God. His faith and love of God was unmovable. And ours can be, too, if we so decide.
The key for John remaining steadfast in his faith had to do with his continued communion, by the Spirit with the Lord. Expressing the importance of remaining “connected” in the relationship, he writes in I John 1:3, “that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” This fellowship, the practice of spending pleasant time and unity with a cherished person, fortifies the bond between the two and strengthens their resolve.
King David experienced that, as evidenced by what he wrote when he fled from Saul to a cave. In such dire circumstances, he could have just given up his faith and decided not to continue believing in God. After all, his faith didn’t seem to be working at the time. But he remained steadfast and expressed his undying loyalty and praise to the Almighty God. He declared, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise (vs. 7).” Though his emotions were all over the place, feeling the rejection of friends, the irrational ire of the king, and the insecurity of the dangers in which he found himself, he could still say with all conviction, “I will not be moved!” (See Ps. 16:8, 9 and 62:6.)
Many people’s faith is really quite conditional. As long as they don’t have to face any adversity; as long as their leaders continue to please them; as long as nobody they respect commits an overt, offensive sin; THEN they will continue “in the faith” (which really isn’t faith) to follow the Lord. Their comfort and circumstances are placed at a higher value than the precious pearl of the Kingdom of God. (See Mat. 13:45, 46.) They trade it for things of much less, temporal value.
True convictions of the greatness of our God go down deep like the roots of a tree planted by the water which will not be moved neither by high winds nor raging currents. Motivated by such a revelation, determined Christians who have gone before us have also written, like David and John, inspiring words that include lines like, “Though none go with me, still I will follow…no turning back, (by S. Sundar Singh)” and “I have made my decision, I have made my stand. I have drawn a line in the sand (by Carman).” All those firm declarations of faith derive from the unwavering relationship with the one true Father God and sincere, constant worship of Him.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):