Today I was reading John Wesley’s very last letter, written on his deathbed, and it went to William Wilberforce, the Englishman who led an almost 20 year battle to see slavery in England outlawed. No doubt he often despaired and felt like giving up, but his passion and calling were such, that he continued the fight until the last days of his life saw that realization.
John Wesley wrote to him: “unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well-doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might…”
200 years later, that opposition hasn’t gone away. To be sure, it has increased exponentially to where Christian witnesses feel more isolated than ever before. But, be encouraged because we work toward an already assured victory in standing for the truth of Scripture.
There are many fronts or aspects to the battle with which we fight, whether physician assisted suicide, abortion, right of conscience, sexuality issues, human trafficking and the list goes on, but to echo John Wesley “are all of them together stronger than God?” Of course the answer is a resounding no!
Stay the course fellow soldiers. The apostle Paul said that after putting on the full armor of God, having done everything, to simply stand.