October 9, Saturday

REPOST Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, provided by Pastor Ryun Chang (AMI Teaching Pastor), was first posted on January 18, 2014.  

Spiritual Food for Thought for This Morning 

“Yes I can, in Him”

1 Cor. 1:28

God chose . . . the things that are not—to nullify the things that are.”

Many years ago, AMI planted a church in Iasi, Romania; but there was a time when planting a new church in this country was impossible because of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.  As the leader of this communist state for 30 years, he treated the people with cruelty and harshness, while he himself was living in luxury.  

Who, then, was responsible for toppling this dictator in 1989?  According to the secular magazine Time, it was none other than Laszlo Tokes, an ordinary pastor who served the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania.  No, he didn’t secretly train a militia to topple the government; rather, he stood upon a biblical mandate that exhorts the believers to cry out against injustice: “Learn to do right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow” (Isa. 1:17). Tokes spoke against the Ceausescu government, especially its effort to dissolve Hungarian communities by forcefully relocating them against their wishes and confiscating their lands.  

Singled out by the government, Tokes was denied of a ration book needed to buy food or fuel; the police barred him from meeting relatives and shut off his phone; he was beaten and stabbed by thugs; finally, the Court evicted him out of his house.  However, as Time reported, “Hundreds of supporters formed a human chain around Toke’s building to protect him, thus triggering the crackdown that helped inspire the nationwide demonstrations that toppled Nicolae Ceausescu.”

So, this morning, be encouraged that God, who used an ordinary pastor to set in motion forces that led to getting rid of an unjust government, can use you as well.  Remember, God “chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong . . . to nullify the things that are so that no one may boast before him” (1 Cor. 1:27, 29).  

So, are you feeling the blues, perhaps feeling useless?  Don’t give up hope; stay in God’s word.  Do something today that will cheer up someone and do it in Jesus’ name.  

Prayer: Lord, constantly remind me to look up and see that in Christ I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).  Amen.  

Bible Reading for Today: Nehemiah 5-6

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