Will I Be Afraid?
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed, AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,
I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?
Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940. As the Nazis took control of most of Europe, Corrie ten Boom and her family began to hide Jews and refuges from the would be Holocaust. They could have assisted the Gestapo and been rewarded for their support, but instead, they chose to conceal as many Jewish people as possible. This put their family at great risk and later they paid dearly for it.
One frightful night, a night they would never forget, their home was invaded by the secret police. This would mark the beginning of many horrifying events that would take place in prison. They slept in beds filled with fleas, and ate stale bread with thin soup. They were not called by their names but by the numbers that were tattooed on their arms. Corrie’s number was 66730, an indelible mark never to be forgotten.
The night they were all taken to jail was the last night that all of them would be together in this life time. Corrie’s father died 10 days after being put in prison from pneumonia and her sister, Betsie, died 3 days before Corrie’s scheduled release. The Lord allowed Corrie to survive all the gruesome and painfully horrid circumstances surrounding her imprisonment. After spending ten long months in the forced labor camp, Ravensbrück, the day came when Corrie would be released. Some say she was let out because of a clerical error, but we know that God had a plan for Corrie’s life and her release was no mistake.
It’s easy to fear man when we do not allow God to strengthen us during times of adversity and tremendous heartache. Remember, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13 KJV).
Lord, encourage my heart with Your compassionate grace.