Do You Have a Mild Case of Atheism?
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
One hundred sixty-five years ago today, the famed missionary David Livingstone was in danger. Livingstone took the Gospel to Africa an actually discovered and unlocked much of that continent to the outside world. But he lived a life of loneliness and danger.
On January 14, 1856, he was surrounded by hostile people beating war drums like they were going to attack the next morning. He wrote in his journal: "Felt much turmoil of spirit in prospect of having all of my plans for the welfare of this great region and this teaming population knocked on the head by savages tomorrow."
Sitting at his campfire, he knew what was out there in the dark. He wrote,
“But I read that Jesus said, 'All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth, go ye therefore and teach all nations, and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the world.' This is the word of a gentleman of the most strict and sacred honor. I will not cross furtively as I had intended. Why should such a man as I flee? I shall take observations for latitude and longitude tonight. Though it may be the last, I feel quite calm now. Thank God.”
Did you realize that worry is a mild form of atheism? Follow Livingstone’s example. Practice the presence of the Lord this coming year. You're going to be tempted. Know that Jesus Christ never leaves us, never forsakes us. When the devil comes and knocks at your heart's door, simply say, "Jesus, please go answer the door."
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