The imprisoned Christian was hungry and irritated. A lieutenant had come to interrogate him again, and he was in no mood to be questioned. He thought, Why should I be the one who is always interrogated? So he pelted the officer with questions, Do you believe in God? What will happen to you when you die? How did this beautiful world come into existence? Eventually, he was able share the complete salvation message with the interested officer. To the prisoners surprise, the lieutenant immediately gave his life to Christ! The officer also gave his lunch to the hungry prisoner. The Christian was thankful that God would feed him and use him, even in his irritable mood. Another time, this same man was in solitary confinement and, again, particularly hungry. Then he remembered the words of Jesus about rejoicing under persecution because it is a blessing. He immediately got up and started praising God and dancing around his small cell. His rejoicing soon got the guards attention. When the guard checked on him, he was sure the Christian had gone crazy. Guards were instructed to treat the crazy ones kindly, so he brought the Christian some cheese and a loaf of bread. Once again, God had provided. The thought struck the Christian prisoner, It is better to be a fool in Christ than to be a wise man who is foolishly angry about things that cannot change.[i]Many people are control freaksthose who need to keep their world under constant control. Unfortunately, there are some things that are beyond anyones control. Recognizing which things we can do something about and those things we cannot control is a secret to success. For example, we cant monitor what others say, but we can choose to pray for those who insult us. Worrying about what is beyond our control is simply human nature. What we cant control, we try to manipulate. Yet, God says to stop manipulating circumstances and trust in him. Like the prisoner in this story, God reminds us to merely put his Word into action by fully obeying it. He will take care of the rest.[/i]
Good post, Joy. Think I will share it with our brotherhood via the church bulletin. :-)I am curious, is this prisoner Richard Wurmbrand? The incident about being fed because he was rejoicing sounds like a story he told about himself...In any case, it really does not matter.Blessings,ginnyrose
Very good post... cannot answer for Joy on this, but I believe you are correct Ginny. I know the book is published by VOM. We had the privilege to tour their facilities while we were at the Revival Conference, and in fact did not realize that our motel was only blocks away from their offices in Bartlesville. Wonderful and warm folks who happened to be in their quiet time when we arrived on Friday morning on our way back home. We waited and were treated so cordially by our host. Thank God for the work they are doing not only for the families of the martyrs, but to wake us up in this country and inspire us to the [i]doulos [/i] kind of devotion that is practiced by those in other countries. May God help us to follow in their train. Clint
These devotionals come from the book, Extreme Devotion, and it didn't say what the name of this prisoner was...but I also agree with brother Clint and think it was Richard Wurmbrand.I'm so glad ya'll were able to visit VOM, brother Clint! That's wonderful! We love going over there every few months and spending a day or two volunteering at the warehouse. It's an added blessing having their apartments to stay in.