This doctrinal theme reminds of the bumper sticker I read a few years ago that said: “Lord, protect me from your followers.” It also brings to mind the fact that Billy Franklin Graham left his first and only pastorate and answered the call to evangelism because of similar circumstances. It seems that Billy and Ruth led a very cosmopolitan couple into the kingdom, brought them to church, yet some of the parishioners were appalled because the couple had a lifestyle and practices that did not fit in with the flock. They were given no time to grow and were judged to simply not belong. Praise the Lord that He knows us and accepts us where we are and we grow from the time we are saved! Enjoy the following devotional:
Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. Psalm 56:5
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? Psalm 56:8
Suffering does not always come from sickness and bereavement. One of the greatest trials occurs when others-especially if they are believers-question our motives and actions and make us feel like spiritual failures. The psalmist reminds us that God understands our pain and registers it in His book and there is not one tear that is not collected. -Brian Russell
No-one understands like Jesus when the foes of life assail.
You should never be discouraged . Jesus cares and will not fail.
-John W. Peterson