Times of Acute Distress

A young preacher came to Dwight L. Moody with a tale of woe. In his opinion, he had been shamefully treated by the people of his church, and had his resignation written out to be handed in the following Sunday. He felt deeply hurt.

Moody listened quietly, and when the story was finished, leaned forward, and asked, “Did they spit in your face?”

“Why, no,” came the astonished reply.

“And did they beat you, and pluck the hair from your head?”

“Why, no,”

Moody continued, “Did they press a crown of thorns upon your brow, and then nail you to a cross?”1

 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account. Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great” (Matthew 5:11, 12).

In a time of acute distress due to being falsely accused, a godly pastor saw before him on the ground part of a torn newspaper. In it he read the words:

“No man is fully accepted until he has been utterly rejected.”2

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  1. The Adult Teacher, Volume XXV, January, February, March, 1951, No. 1, The Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, p. 58.
  2. Robust in the Faith, Men from God’s School, by J. Oswald Sanders, Moody Press, Chicago, Copyright 1965, p. 116.