“Within the first 5 minutes, it seemed that something was up — however, not with the students . . . .” A nationally sought-after Creationist speaker had been invited to speak for 30 minutes at a public high school in Pennsylvania. Once the students took their seats inside the massive auditorium, the man was introduced and began his presentation.

The speaker later recounted, “Ten minutes into the talk the fire alarm went off.” The students reluctantly filed out of the room, leaving the speaker alone. 15 minutes later, the students were allowed to return to the building, but they had to report back to their homerooms. The speaker was not permitted to complete his session with them. He had neither used Bible verses nor made any references to God. He had only encouraged the students to fairly and critically evaluate his presentation as well as the evidence from science.

Afterward, the speaker said, “Many [students and parents] were apologetic about what happened. I appreciated their words, but I wasn’t upset in the least. . . . When crazy things happen, look out — God is about to do something amazing! We believe God is about to do something amazing again.”

This man had experienced subtle persecution from the world for his Christian faith and his alignment with the Biblical view of history. Yet he did not allow this persecution to make him upset. Instead, he maintained his testimony by remembering that God was in control. Regardless of how others responded, he determined he would do what God had called him to do.

Are you wary of being a witness for Christ? He has saved you and prepared you to share the gospel in your particular setting, be it your home, workplace, school, or community. Don’t let the world intimidate you — dare to be faithful, and see what amazing things God can do through you.

For the Christian, this world is an arena, not an armchair. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.