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Devotions 3/19

16 Mar 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Civil Disobedience story four.
Ps. 118:5-9
Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.

I want to touch on a more recent story where a lover of Jesus needed to stand up against governmental authorities.  This pastor, while engaging in civil disobedience, was arrested 29 times. This pastor’s house was bombed. He received many death threats. This pastor of Jesus told the people outside of his bombed house that mankind only needs two things to be free: the first is the radical power of forgiveness offered in Jesus and the second is to have the fear of death removed because of the resurrection of Jesus.  He asked the angry mob surrounding his house that night to not respond in violence and to go home and to forgive those who hate them. The courage of this pastor and many others like him changed the way the world worked. Just one week after this pastor was assassinated, the United States government passed the Civil Rights Act. Illiana and America would be a much sadder world without the courage of such a Jesus follower.   

Two weeks ago we were challenged to obey our authorities as a way to trust God.  This week we have seen four stories where followers of Jesus disobeyed their authorities as a way to trust God.  Today, I pray that God will give you the wisdom to know when, where, and how you should obey and when, where, and how you shouldn’t.

by Illiana Christian High School
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