“Getting rid of the web.”
“Don’t. Sit and watch the spider with me.”
Watching spiders is not my preferred pastime. But I saw my son was serious, so I complied.
Together we watched the spider weave a perfect pattern. I marveled at her patience and skill. Who taught a spider to measure and create such intricate lace? I remembered this evidence of our Creator while reading Tortured for Christ.
Last week my husband, daughter, and I saw the film Tortured for Christ. It’s the story of Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian pastor, and his years under the communist. Larry and I had the privilege of meeting Pastor Wurmbrand and his wife Sabina many years ago. Having witnessed their radiant faith in person I had hope I could endure watching a small sampling of their suffering.
Wurmbrand grew up as an atheist. After his own conversion he had a great desire to tell Russians, who’d been seeped in atheism, about Christ. In the book, he describes a Russian couple he met. Both were sculptors who worked on a statue of Stalin.
The thumb’s importance struck the wife as she worked. She concluded that if God had not created heaven and earth, as Marxism taught, and had only created the thumb, He was worthy of praise. Since the communist said nobody was in heaven, she decided to worship the “Nobody” who’d created the thumb.Since the communist said nobody was in heaven, she decided to worship the “Nobody” who’d created the thumb. #Devotional, #praise Click To Tweet
Wurmbrand heard their thoughts and introduced them to the One who’d made not only the thumb but also heaven and earth. Learning Christ’s name and that He loved them and had died for them gave them unspeakable joy.
Preparing for Suffering
Knowing imprisonment was inevitable, Wurmbrand memorized 366 verses to combat fear—one for every day of the year including an extra one for leap year. The communist kidnapped him on February 29, 1948.
Pastor Wurmbrand knew torture awaited him in prison. He said those who called themselves Christians fell into two camps: “those who sincerely believe in God, and those who, just as sincerely, believe that they believe in God.” He hoped he belonged to the first group.
As I’ve read Tortured for Christ I’ve wondered which group I belong to. Would I have the courage to endure relentless cruelty for years on end for my Lord? Would I love my enemies and pray for them to be saved from their sin and the punishment they deserve?
Wurmbrand passed the test. May we do the same in our daily lives and challenges.
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The Russian sculptors and the biblical ancients shared something in common. They believed in the Creator. Their faith grew as they followed God. Some paths led to joy; others included martyrdom. Their faith commended them before God.
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