All of us need friends who will speak the truth, but, many of us choose those who will tell us what we want to hear, not what we need to hear.
1 Kings 21 & 22
1 Kings 21 & 22:
The cost of doing right
What a great reminder in chapter 21, the story of Naboth, that sometimes when we do what’s right there is a cost. There are times in our lives when we obey God in some area and it looks like it isn’t working out so well, but we have to leave it in the hands of a sovereign God and trust that He knows just what He’s doing!
Yet, there are times, as in Naboth’s case, when it costs something very precious to us, possibly even our lives.
Last year I read Eric Metaxas’ book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. (If you enjoy biographies or history or you just want a deeper understanding of what it means to be a believer in difficult times, I highly recommend the book.)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor. He was one of the few men who stood up to Hitler and it cost him his life. He was hanged (in an act of sheer revenge on Hitler’s part) just 3 weeks before the war ended. He was only 39 years old when he died, but his life, his writings, and his story have impacted generations. Continue reading