Saturday, August 24, 2019
Psalm 129

Do Christians face visible enemies in our modern culture? We go to church every Sunday with no real obstacles, and we can read our Bible freely whenever and wherever we are. We can still talk about God openly though we are not as free to proselytize those who are clearly not walking with Him. The undercurrent of our culture, however, is to ostracize those who live by faith in Jesus Christ. We pay our bills and love the unloveable and yet we are the “bad guys” in the culture because somehow we are racist, misogynistic, and bigoted. The psalmist feels that same pressure from those outside Jerusalem. He understands the frustration and the confusion that comes from false accusations and a misunderstanding of why we do what we do. He gets it, but he does not believe it nor does it stop him from continuing in the work he knows God has called him to. This is key in our walk with God, because we can easily give up due to the external pressures of our culture and miss so much that God wants to do in us and through us. We must stay the course no matter how hot the fire gets, because we serve a risen Savior who has already won the war. Our eternity is settled; therefore, this life is all about taking as many people to glory with us as possible. If we suffer for it, then we suffer together as God’s people. Our greatest focus during this time in history is to prepare our children for the onslaught of pressure they will face. Give them the tools they need and encourage them by your own walk with God. They are the future, and we must prepare them accordingly.

Help me, Lord, to stand strong against the onslaught of cultural persecution. Help me to prepare my children for the battle as I raise them in Your Word and according to Your Spirit.