THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
Scripture: Psalm 11:1-3
In Psalm 11:1-3 we are told, “In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’ For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do? The Lord is in His holy temple. The Lord’s Throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.” Wow, God sees us from His temple! He invites us to live with Him on His Throne. And now His Throne is in a holy temple. For us to sit with Him on His Throne, we have to partake of His holiness. When tests come our way, the choice for us is, will we choose the holy, righteous path? Paul chose not to pay the requested bribe to be released from jail. Paul made the obedient choice, he chose the righteous path. For two full years he paid in the obedience and humility of staying in adversity rather than choosing the easier more comfortable path. He paid for it through his own life, out of his own body, out of his own circumstances, out of his own adversity. Through his obedience, he bought the right to witness in Rome by refusing the bribe that would have set him free. Will the church walk in this level of dedication and commitment in the last days. Will we choose to endure incarceration and the privilege to witness to the right people? Holiness is costly! Will we choose it? What a life!