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“They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”  (Revelation 6:10)

In each generation there are those who have been wronged by the wicked.  The righteous want vengeance.  But God says: vengeance is Mine. The Lord is not slow as some count slowness, but awaits the time when all things are complete.  This verse should be an encouragement to those who are persecuted.  The Lord knows and He will answer in His time.  All things are in His hand and He has promised to work them together for good for those who love Him.

Lord, in times of persecution, I want vengeance.  But do I know real persecution?  There are those whose lives have been taken in this age because of their faith.  I am still here, so do I know true persecution?  I should.  Standing firm in the faith will get me into trouble with those who want my voice stilled.  Lead me, O Lord, so that I walk humbly with You and stand firm in the faith You have given me, for blessed are those who ate persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

Lord Jesus, apart from You I can do nothing.  Fill me so that I am willing to hold fast and proclaim the faith no matter what.  I do not want to be a martyr but help me to be willing to pay that price if that is what it means to hold fast.  Whatever may come, lead me in Your goodness and mercy to know that in You alone is all hope and the only future worth living.  Lead me to learn what it means to be faithful.  Amen.

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