7. Keep persevering
Hate, persecution and violence can stop us in our tracks. It can leave us wondering, How could somebody do that to someone else? Our hearts break, and we’re left confused and hurt. Violence and the threat of it can be paralyzing.
Each of us has our own race to run. Hebrews 12:2 tells us to, “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” We don’t know what’s coming next, but we do know—with God—there’s nothing we can’t handle. If we remain grounded in our faith, on Him as our firm foundation, we can walk confidently wherever He may lead us. He wants us to live life abundantly, not in our houses behind locked doors, but on the mission fields He’s prepared for us.
Even in countries like Nigeria, where almost every two hours a Christian is killed for their faith, Christians continue to gather and worship. Pastor Andrew’s church was burned to the foundation by Boko Haram, but he didn’t let the hate-filled violence against him and his congregation stop his cause. Instead, with help, he rebuilt the church, and it’s now an incredible place of restoration and transformation—even stronger than it was before. Andrew says, “After losing everything, we realized God is all we need.” Pastor Andrew and his congregation continued to persevere.
No matter the violence, God is with us
After Moses’ death, God gives Joshua this promise: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). God is with us at all times.
There will be violence in this world until Christ returns for His people. Prayer and our relationship with God is our No. 1 weapon against it.
From the jungles of Nigeria to the cities of China to our own homes, God answers prayers all over the world, and He is with His people.
Trust He will be with us wherever He would have us go, no matter the persecution, no matter the violence.