For many are called, but few are chosen. – Matthew 22:14
Hello my fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress,
I hope you had a good week in the mighty arms of Our Lord. As for me, when I converted to Christianity and that I decided to follow the path of the Lord, I felt alone sometimes.
My relatives and friends questioned my intelligence. Some even mocked me and told me that I was stupid and that I should follow the examples of some high-class prostitutes who had the external signs of success: jewelry, expensive fake hair and nails, nice homes, etc.
So, striving to be righteous can be hard sometimes. But I’m standing by the promises of the Most High because I know He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
But I always remember Solomon’s words below:
Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God – Ecclesiastes 8:12-13
If you are in my case and that you feel misunderstood, here are some examples of people who were rescued because of their righteousness in a world of sin.
Noah was righteous in the sight of the Lord when all the inhabitants of the earth were sinning. He and his family were rescued from the Flood – so 8 people were saved on millions of people. Can you imagine?
Loth was living in Sodom where people were very sinful and practiced all kinds of evil deeds that angered the Lord. But he, his wife and his daughters were the only people that were saved from the destruction of Sodom. Well, his wife wasn’t exactly saved but these are stories for other days…
The promise of the Lord during Ahab and Jezebel’s days
During Ahab’s reign, the people of Israel was strongly encouraged to worship Baal and those who didn’t comply were persecuted and slaughtered. However, the Lord didn’t forget the minority who remained faithful to him and He declared:
Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him. – 1 Kings 19:18
Ebed-Melech was an Ethiopian eunuch who was the servant of King Zedekiah. When Jeremiah was put in a dungeon full of mire so he would face a prompt death, Ebed-Melech went to the King to speak in favor of Jeremiah and to spare his life. With the permission of the King, Ebed-Melech went to the dungeon and lifted Jeremiah out of the dungeon.
Because of this action, Jeremiah had a message from God saying that Ebed-Melech would not fall by the sword during the Fall of Jerusalem and that his life would be his prize because He put his faith in the Lord.
So we can assume that when everyone was either slaughtered or deported because of the wrath of the Lord against the Kingdom of Judah, Ebed-Melech was left alive and probably lived a long life.
That’s it for today! I hope that these Biblical examples encouraged you to remain faithful to the Lord, even amidst a sinful world.
Do you have other Biblical examples you look up to? Please share in the comments section below!
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Read also: 9 Characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit