During the Nazi occupation of Poland, a bright young doctor was imprisoned for his Jewish ancestry. All liberty and dignity was stripped away. His family was destroyed. His education and experience suddenly meant nothing. Yet even in that horrific place, he discovered, “Man can preserve a vestige of spiritual freedom, of independence of mind, even in such terrible conditions of psychic and physical stress.” How? “Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you would become the plaything of circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity to become molded into the form of the typical inmate.”
He found freedom even without liberty.
What a great measure of gratitude we own to those who have gained both for us!
Joshua led the people in circles around a powerful city for days on end.
Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish.
Peter had a habit of saying and doing anything that came to mind.
Saul was so well trained in religion that he hated Christians.
What was God thinking?
God gave Aaron the words to speak for Moses.
God made the walls fall down.
God took Jonah – still in the fish – to his destination.
God perfected Peter’s mind.
God changed Saul so much He even changed his name.
Well, what do you know? God seems to know what He is doing after all.
In the mid-1400s, the thrilling Renaissance Period, an imposing summer residence was erected for the Archbishop of Salzburg. A beautiful and lasting castle.
Since then it has been captured, confiscated, sold, rented, and auctioned. That marvelous building was intended to bring honor to important men. Today it serves as a novel vacation spot for tourists.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:19, 20).