19 February 2018
Psalm 91:14-15 '"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him."'
Eric Liddell was a talented Scottish rugby player and sprinter. He was chosen to run for Britain in the Paris Olympic Games in the early part of last century. As a committed Christian and the son of missionary parents, Eric was a man of strong principles. Those principles helped to make him the extraordinary competitor that he was. But principles are most powerful when they are put to the test, as Eric discovered. On his way to the games, he was told that his race would be run on a Sunday. For Eric, running on the Lord's day was unthinkable. He refused to run, despite the fact that he'd trained for years for this one event and despite the fact that he was the favourite to win! Not even the Prince of Wales, his future king, could persuade Eric to deny his principles. For Eric, putting the kingdom of God before the affairs of this world was a costly process. In the end, God honoured his stand by opening a door for Eric to run in another race. Though it wasn't his favourite distance, he won the race and his remarkable story was celebrated decades later in the award-winning film 'Chariots of Fire'.
Prayer: 'Lord, help me to stand up for kingdom principles even when it costs me dearly. I thank you that, in the end, you will honour those who honour you!'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004