“The person who kneels to God can stand up to anything.” (Louis H. Evans Jr)

“All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will save yourself.” (Luke 21.17-19)

Do you get a bit of a bagging from your shipmates for being a Christian? Are they ever ready to rubbish your religion and call you a hypocrite because of your imperfections? Jesus anticipated and prepared you for it two thousand years ago! He said that if you are going to follow him then it’s what you must expect. You may even be called upon to suffer physically for your faith in Christ at some time. So, don’t be surprised by whatever level of persecution you face, just remember his promise to you. When you need some help to stand firm, then fall to your knees before God in prayer and he will lift you up and sustain you.

O Lord, let me be kindly disposed to everyone today – ready to share of myself in both work and play. Let me think nothing that will spoil any relationships today; let me do nothing that will make life difficult for others; let me say nothing that I’ll be sorry for later on. O Lord, let me not think only of my own concerns but also of the concerns of others. If I should get too rushed to think properly; if I should get more set on making my day easy rather than helping those around me; if I do get too wrapped up in my own things; gently remind me Lord. May this day truly reflect your power at work in my life; for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Devotional by Chaplain Alan Asplin RANR
(Royal Australian Navy)