Updated: Oct 4
Don't forget to remember that no matter what—God is there. When Corrie Ten Boom stood as a prisoner in Ravensbruk,a German concentration camp in WW II, I wonder if it was tempting for her to question the love of God. She must have had a difficult time seeing God in the horrific scenes that surrounded her. She was a prisoner because of her love for God's beloved people, the Jews.
Her family hid many people in their little home in the Netherlands. A Dutch ‘friend’ she tried to help informed the Germans. Maybe he traded people's lives for cigarettes and ration cards. The Ten Boom family was imprisoned—Corrie was the only survivor. After the war Corrie traveled as a speaker and was able to tell people, “There is no pit so deep, the love of God is not deeper still.” Corrie’s trials brought hope, forgiveness, and newness of life to many.
Years after her miraculous release from prison—Corrie extended forgiveness to one of her former brutal guards. She asked God to help her—realizing she could only forgive with the enabling power of the love of God. When Corrie asked God to help her, any unforgiveness was shattered and replaced with the love that only comes from the heart of God.
Do we trust God? Do we really trust and believe “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose”? Romans 8:28 There is so much evil and sadness in our world. There will always be wars and rumours of war. We could succumb to despair—or—we could keep looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. It is our choice. Our eternity depends on our choice.
Please believe God can be trusted. He knows the thoughts He has for us, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give us an expected end, a hope and a future. God knows our circumstances. Even when things look overwhelming, remember God’s ways are higher than ours. He alone can give us beauty for ashes.
Just as there are earthly wars, there is a spiritual war being waged for the eternal destinies of mankind. This war is more vicious than any that has ever played out on Earth's battlefields. It is a war being waged over you. Jesus entered this battle and fought for you. He gave His life so you could live in freedom. He wanted your freedom to last forever. It really is the war to end all wars.
I have been to Auschwitz, Poland. It is a memorial of the evil and depravity that exists in the heart of man. I have been to Calvary in Israel. It is a testament of the unfathomable love of God. "For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11
We must trust He is working all things in our lives for His purposes—for our ultimate good—for the good of others. Please don’t give up. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8 Remember the price that was paid for your freedom. Don't forget to remember. One day the sufferings of this time will be remembered no more. I pray you will turn to God for true freedom. Blessings, Beloved of God.