“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” – Proverbs 28:1 NASB
Born in Reading, England, in July 1718, John Cennick was raised in a Christian home. When he was just nine, he heard his dying aunt exclaim, “Last night the Lord stood by me and invited me to drink of the fountain of life freely, and I shall stand before the Lord as bold as a lion.” Later in his life, in moments when he struggled with his faith, he never forgot that image.
When he was 13, he went to London to search for a job. But instead, he gambled away much of his money. He began to feel guilty, a feeling that increased until, one day, he went into a church to pray. As he knelt, he seemed to hear Jesus say, “I am your salvation.” When he trusted in Him, Cennick’s burdens immediately were gone. His desires changed. This radical conversion led to a life spent serving God.
Although lacking formal training, Cennick once was asked to fill in for an absent preacher. Initially, he was afraid, but God took away his fears. Soon as many as 4,000 people gathered to hear him, marveling at his boldness and confidence. He became one of the most important ministers of that time.
Cennick drew upon his boldness as a missionary to Ireland. There he experienced constant opposition and even was beaten and arrested. Yet he kept preaching the Word as many as 20 times a week, driving his body until he was exhausted. He died on July 4, 1755. He was only 36 years old, but he had made a powerful impact for the Gospel.
Today, God looks for men and women with this kind of boldness. Remember: You serve Almighty God. Don’t be timid or afraid. Be bold. Dedicate your life without compromise to furthering the Gospel and God’s Kingdom.
PrayerFather, help me to be bold as a lion. Anoint me to be Your witness. I dedicate my life to You. Use me to take the Gospel to the Lost. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Extended ReadingProverbs 28