Wednesday, December 1, 1999
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens,
and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
-- Daniel 12:3, New International Version
God promised a sifting between the righteous and unrighteous.
Jesus repeated the same assurance in his parables. For God's people,
however, these are not fearful warnings. Instead, these are words of
promise. Those who have wisely honored and lived for God will shine
brilliantly for all to see. Those who have led others to live
righteously will twinkle like stars in their Father's eyes!
Loving God, thank you for saving me by your grace and kindness.
At the same time, Father, I get frustrated when I see the wicked prosper while
your loyal servants are maligned and ridiculed for their character. I'm
thankful that you will judge us based on your incredible grace! At the
same time, I'm also thankful you will bring justice for those who love you and
who are enduring hardship, danger, and ridicule because of their faith.
Please be with them, wherever they may be, and give them strength to persevere
until that day comes. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.