- “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” Psalms 9:9
Are you oppressed, beaten down, helpless? You are not alone, nor are you isolated. Many have been neglected, rejected, cheated, used and abused. This world is cruel, full of evil and injustice. Jesus Christ bore your pain on a cross some 2000 years ago. He had nails driven through His hands and feet so that you may be free. The Keeper of the universe knows your mourning and sorrow. He has not, no, He will not forsake those who seek His face. Lean not on your own strength, rather, run to Him. Throw everything that you are into His loving arms. There you will find peace and hope everlasting.
Preaching in these new conditions was not easy. Our people were very oppressed. The communists took away everything from everybody. From the farmer they took fields and sheep. From the barber or a tailor, they took his little shop. Not only the capitalists were expropriated. Very poor men also suffered much. Nearly every great family had somebody in prison and the poverty was great. Men asked, “How is it that a God of love permits the triumph of evil?”
Neither would it have been very easy for the first apostles to preach Christ on Good Friday, when Jesus died on the cross pronouncing the words; “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
But the fact that the work was done proves that it was from God and not from us. The Christian faith has an answer to such questions. Jesus told us about poor Lazarus, oppressed at that time as we were oppressed – dying, hungry, his wounds being licked by dogs – but in the end, angels took him to Abraham’s bosom with Christ.
– Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ