I have been reading information here and there about the circumstances believers in China have been facing in recent days. My understanding is that there is concern on the part of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that religion will interfere with the globalist goals and the vision of the current Chinese government. The result apparently is that churches are being shut down and key people are being arrested.
In the book of Psalms we get a picture of despondency and of the end of the rope experiences of King David and others. At one point the sons of Korah write in Ps. 42 that “all your waves and breakers have swept over me”. The Bible states that if we have died with him we will also be raised up just as he was raised up. I think this is what persecution and difficult life circumstances can do for us. They bring us to death (either literally or physically) so that we can be raised up to life in Christ.
Psalm 42. “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God”. If we overcome, if we endure, we will be triumphant. Where does the power of this victory come from? The Holy Spirit. He gives the strength and the enablement to believers in all circumstances and throughout all ages.
Let the washing of the water of the Word strengthen, cleanse, and renew us. I’ve heard the testimony of believers going through the pain of difficult circumstances say, “I was so devastated and lost all I could do was read the Bible. It kept me going day by day”.
The Bible says “call upon the Lord in the time of trouble, and He will hear you”.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.