Monday December 31, 2018 – Withstanding the pressure and being evidence of Him

1 Kings 19:18 – “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Let’s imagine ourselves as being included in those 7,000 who were faithful to God so long ago.  Everywhere around us, the people have abandoned the truth of God’s word and abandoned Him.  On the one hand, we would have the joy of being His people – chosen by Him.  We treasure the wonders He has done.  On the other, the sorrow and pain of seeing His people sinfully deny Him.

One of the challenges that we would withstand is yielding to the cultural pressure of those around us to become Baal worshippers.  No matter what the cost, we would remain true to Yahweh!  How would we act around those who were participating in such sin – particularly when they were friends and family?  Behavior that they would think is perfectly fine is behavior that is totally unacceptable to Him.

I remember being in a meeting with Stephen Covey where he asked everyone in the audience to point in the direction they thought was north.  The theatre we were in was ‘in the round’ so he was surrounded by audience and hands were pointing in every direction.  He then lit up an overhead projector with a compass on it where the light could shine through.  The lesson?  Which way is north is not subject to opinion.  It is an absolute.

Do we relate to those 7,000 as we see what is going on around us in society today?  The cultural perversions we see in so much of society are so distressing.  Sadly much of it is in the lives of those who consider themselves Christians.  God’s people are called to be salt and light – the very evidence of His presence.  Instead, so many ‘head south’ under the belief they are going ‘north’.

Isaiah described so accurately what we see going on around us, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (5:20)

Let us live lives that glorify our Lord and Savior.  Let us lives lives that reflect His character and word.  His Word tells us how!  It’s the compass that always points to the true north.  Let us live lives that truly reflect goodness, light and sweetness.  As we celebrate the birth of Christ and begin the new year, let those be the ‘presents’ that we bring to Him as we kneel before Him!

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About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Three years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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1 Response to Monday December 31, 2018 – Withstanding the pressure and being evidence of Him

  1. James Harvey says:

    Thanks for your being consistent with these worthy devotional thoughts. Your example inspires me. Faithfulness is a great virtue.

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