Adoniram Judson sweated out Burma’s heat for 18 years without a furlough and labored 6 years without a convert. Enduring torture and imprisonment, he admitted that he never saw a ship sail without wanting to jump on board and go home. When his wife’s health broke and he put her on a homebound vessel in the knowledge he would not see her for two full years, he confided to his diary: “If we could find some quiet resting place on Earth where we could spend the rest of our days in peace. . .” But he steadied himself with this remarkable postscript: “Life is short. Millions of Burmese are perishing. I am almost the only person on Earth who has attained their language to communicate salvation. . .”
Did you know that sometimes as you serve Christ you are going to feel exactly as Adoniram Judson felt? You are going to look at every ship that comes by as a possible deliverance from your plight? God understood Judson’s pain and He understands yours. He knows your heart and your desire to serve Him despite the fact that the circumstances feel like they are against you.
We look to the world and we say with fervor, “Millions of people are perishing without hearing of the Savior. We must press on. We must continue our work for the Lord.”
Trying times are no time to quit trying. – Unknown Author
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder