Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Against All Odds

Ernesto Malinowski was a builder of railroads in South America. He was once a member of a group that was asked about the possibility of building a railroad through the Andes Mountains in Peru. After much debate and discussion all of the engineers, except 72-year-old Malinowski, said it could not be done. But he prevailed, and a railroad was built connecting the inland cities and natural resources with the coastal cities and shipping ports.

This project included 62 tunnels and 30 bridges and was stopped twice because of war. In spite of it all - those who believed it could not be done, the difficult terrain, the conflict - Malinowski persisted and prevailed against overwhelming odds and succeeded. He would not compromise his convictions.

Standing firm in our loyalty to Christ and not giving in to the pressures of the world is often difficult. The author of Hebrews had this in mind when he wrote "sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule." Then he continued, "But trust in the Lord and remember the great reward it brings you!"

Endurance and faithfulness bring God's reward.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to stand firm in our faith and to be God-honoring and Christ exalting in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Hebrews 10:32-36

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