June 26, 2022

Without Compromise

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“They took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern … they let Jeremiah down with ropes. Now in the cistern there was no water but only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.” – Jeremiah 38:6 NASB

As an elite artist, pianist Maria Yudina was under the spotlight. Millions in her home country of Russia had died or been imprisoned. Believers faced pressure to be silent about their beliefs. Yudina, a devout Christian, could have stayed silent like many others. But she refused to compromise.

The authorities watched her closely, but she would not back down. She always wore a cross when performing, not concerned that government officials might be offended.

Her example inspired many believers. The great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich said her concerts were her way to proclaim her faith: “She always played as though she were giving a sermon.”

She even defied atheistic dictator Josef Stalin. After receiving money from Stalin for a recording, she donated it to a church and replied: “I will pray for you day and night and ask the Lord to forgive your great sins before the people and the country. The Lord is merciful, and he will forgive you.”

The prophet Jeremiah, too, faced pressure to compromise. Refusing to yield, he was let down into a deep hole filled with mud. Officials wanted to silence him, but he remained faithful and obedient to God.

You may face pressure to compromise your faith. No matter the opposition, stay true to God. Trust in Him. Don’t allow circumstances or the reactions of others to influence you. Stay faithful to Him.


Reflection Question: How would you defend your faith in the face of tyranny?

Father, thank You for being with me. I trust You. Anoint my testimony. Help me bless others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Jeremiah 38