Over many years my “course in life” has had the many dangers, toils, and snares mentioned by Newton in Amazing Grace. Here’s a truth shared by George Whitten and others that have helped me to soldier on with Jesus:
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
William Wilberforce led a campaign against the British Parliament to abolish slavery in the late1700s and early 1800s. During his intense efforts, Wilberforce came to a desperate place of discouragement, feeling he had no more strength to continue. In this condition, he was about to give up, when his elderly friend, John Wesley, lying on his deathbed, was informed of his friend William's distress. Wesley requested pen and paper, and with a quivering hand, wrote these words,
"Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? Oh be not weary of well-doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it."
John Wesley died six days later, but William Wilberforce fought for forty-five more years, and in 1833, three days before his death, witnessed the abolition of slavery in Britain.
Over thirty years ago, I taped the statement from Wesley to Wilberforce inside the cover of my Bible and often read it several times a day. This was usually when word of another “friend” turned on me. It’s amazing how God used the verse from Paul and the note from John Wesley to encourage me through the trials the Lord permitted.
The small world the Lord has entrusted to me does not carry the enormous weight our president shoulders, but I as are all Christians am commanded to pray for him and other leaders.
If you are counted a close friend of President Trump, by all means, share today’s article with him! The word from Paul and Wesley may be a comfort to him.
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