Daily Topic for April 03, 2012
This is a great example of one of the “not yet” verses of the Bible. God is the perfect judge, and some day He will govern with perfect righteousness. But for the time being, we still have to contend with injustice coming from man’s sinfulness and Satan’s deceit. Part of that injustice is that many still have not heard of the only way to become part of His kingdom. Does that concern you? If so, pray fervently for the unreached peoples this month!
Pray that the Lord will speed the day when His righteousness and justice will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea. Pray that many will understand this Easter season that Jesus did come to take away the sins of the world.
The Japanese invaded China. They closed the college where Liddell taught, prohibited all church services, and forced the missionaries to wear armbands stating their nationality. In 1943 they ordered all British and American “enemies” to report to an internment camp hundreds of miles away. Before the trek began Liddell had been appointed captain of the foreign prisoners in his area.
Eric Liddell needed all the grace that God had given him to lead the diverse group of foreigners in the internment camp. Tensions abounded, yet Liddell became an example of selflessness to everyone—from the elderly infirm to restless teenagers. He organized and coached all kinds of sporting events. Later, an author highly critical of missionaries wrote of Liddell, “It is rare indeed that a person has the good fortune to meet a saint, but he came as close to it as anyone I have ever known.”
Liddell never saw his family again. In the spring of 1945 he died in the camp of an inoperable brain tumor. His last words, “It’s all surrender,” capsulated his own clear sense of ultimate purpose: complete surrender to God.—AL from God’s Joyful Runner, by Russell W. Ramsey, Bridge Publishing, Inc. 1987, and Eric Liddell, by Catherine Swift, Bethany House Publishers, 1990.
Pray for God to grant selfless love to those reaching out to all the people from all the nations who are coming to London this summer for the Olympics.