Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Best...In the Worst.
One of my Bible College professors shared a story about a church in Leicestershire, England that was built during a time of civil war, instability, suffering and heartache. Despite the persecution and danger to puritans, a brave and dedicated man named Richard Shirley build a church in a time that doing so would have seemed impossible. Later, an inscription was put over the door of the church: “In the year 1654 when all things were, throughout this nation, either demolished or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet, founded and built this church. He it is whose singular praise it is to have done the best things in the worst times, and to have hoped them in the most calamitous. The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.”
In some ways, these are the worst of times in Ukraine. There has been horrific bloodshed and suffering in the nation’s east, the currency is at it’s weakest point in recent history, and in the ethnically Russian area where we live there is a cold cynicism and skepticism that has crept over the spirit of people.
In a broader sense, we can look at the events in the middle east at this time, the disease spreading throughout Africa, and other events in the news and can find much reason for deep concern.
God’s people, however, have always looked differently upon these moments of history. Like Shirley, in the darkness of 17th century England, we realize that our God has called us to “do the best of things in the worst of times.” We are not to be overcome by evil but to overcome evil with good.
May we pray and seek God that He might grant us the grace to be faithful and shine brightly even as the darkness deepens. A lost and needy world around us still desperately needs the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.