“The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;” vs. 7
When Martin Luther, fresh from his scriptural studies, began to speak out and write about abuses in the sacramental system of the church, there were some who resonated with his insights and gave him great support. But the majority of scholars, bishops, and influential people in Europe did not. They rose up against him and accused him of heresy. Because of the onslaught of opposition there were times when he had doubts and felt exposed. Often he expected that troops would be sent to arrest him and take him to Rome for trial, an almost certain death sentence. In those moments he continued to find affirmation in passages like this one from Isaiah. He was reconciled to dying…and began to think of it as the prophet’s reward. Because his confidence was in the Lord, he didn’t even consider recanting or being diplomatic in his recitation of papal abuses and his exposure of corruption. It’s always been like that for those who walk in the way of Jesus. Sometimes our call is to stand firm in our convictions and speak against injustice and the abuse of power. That prophetic role is never comfortable and often involves confrontation. It’s a blessing in those moments to know that the Lord stands with us and will never allow us to be disgraced or put to shame.
Thought for the Day: A time when I’ve faced opposition and spoken out!