Proverbs 10-12, Psalm 1
My wife and I watched an old movie called God’s Outlaw, which was the story of William Tyndale. In the 1500’s this early reformer held to the singleness of mind that everyone deserved to be able to read the Bible in their native tongue from the learned to the uneducated. Prior to this the Bible could only be read and spoken in Latin which made the Bible utterly impossible to understand by almost everyone. We read in today’s proverbs many of which discuss those who walk in integrity. In Proverbs 10:9, it says, “He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.” William Tyndale was unwavering in his mission, though he knew it would eventually cost him his life. When told that he would one day burn at the stake for his work, he stated then it will be a more glorious ending for him as it glorified God. Paul had this same mindset when he said in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Like William Tyndale, we will all face trials where we either stand firm or waver. In Proverbs 12:7, it says, “The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.” Jesus concluded His Sermon on the Mount with a similar statement in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fail, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
These situations are as true today as they were in the past. We live in a complacent nation where persecution is not as pronounced as it is for our brothers and sisters in other nations. When we saw the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded for their faith a couple of years ago by the terrorists on the beach, all they had to do to spare their lives was renounce their faith in Christ. These men of integrity in unison maintained their faith and commitment to their Savior and lost their earthly lives. As current events heat up, as we read through our Bibles, may we be ready when the situation arises to take a stand for Christ.
Lastly, in the face of another terrorist attack in London, besides grieving over the loss of life, we should be faced with the question, where did the victims go, heaven or hell. Whenever anyone dies, tragic or natural, this should be our question. Tragic deaths don’t earn salvation, only repentance and acceptance of Jesus’ offer of salvation guarantees eternity in heaven. With that in mind, one last Proverb to ponder, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)
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