God comforts those who are persecuted

How do things look to you today?

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“The wicked will not rule the godly, for then the godly might be forced to do wrong.”

Psalm 125:3

Seeking what is really there

“Life under Louis XIV was not easy for the French Huguenots. They loved to sing psalms, but the king made an edict that forbade the singing of the Psalms almost everywhere. So the Huguenots went out to the fields and forests and continued their singing. Psalm 125 was a favorite of theirs, maybe because it said that the wicked would not rule the godly. Or maybe it was because the Huguenots could see something that Louis XIV couldn’t see.

Remember the story of Elisha and his servant (2 Kings 6:8-23)? The servant couldn’t understand why Elisha wasn’t bothered about the hordes of enemy soldiers surrounding them. It looked like disaster, but Elisha could see horses and chariots of fire surrounding the enemy soldiers.

The same has been true for many other saints, including Paul and Silas, who sang at midnight in the Philippian jail, and Shadrach, Meshech, and Adednego, who calmly entered the fiery furnace.

When John Woolman, a Quaker missionary to American Indians, was faced with danger, he wrote, “I found my soul filled with comfort as I meditated on the love of God.”

John Paton, missionary to South Sea Island natives, was surrounded by men seeking to assassinate him, but he wrote, “I never left without hearing, ‘Lo, I am with you always.'”

How does it look for you today? Hopeless? Then take another look.

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Psalms with devotionals by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen (Tyndale) entry for October 24

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

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