14/8/11 Jeremiah 16-17; Psalm 96; John 16
S: John 16: 2,3,33 For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God. This is because they have never known the Father or me. ... I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
O: The saints of God throughout the ages have faced opposition. However, since God is for us, all the opposition is ultimately futile. (Romans 8:31) Even if they kill us, they will not prevail. (Matthew 10:28)
A: So we do not need to fear (Isaiah 41:10) even as we face our "momentary light affliction" (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
P: Father, help us to keep the eternal perspective when faced with opposition to Your Gospel. In Jesus' name, amen.