DEALING WITH DESTITUTE CIRCUMSTANCES

Let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. 1 Peter 4:19 (NKJV)

The circumstances for a Russian inmate were bleak. Incarceration in a Soviet prison was miserable enough. The cold weather, the harsh treatment, the loneliness, and isolation made survival the chief object. Added to his woe was the ravage of cancer.

In the midst of this anguish, the prison physician, Dr. Boris Kornfield, stood in sharp relief. The doctor was a Christian who treated the inmate with kindness and shared his faith regularly. But after reporting the theft of food from a patient by another prisoner, the physician was brutally killed.

The inmate whom the doctor treated survived his bout with cancer and his prison sentence. So taken was he, however, with Dr. Kornfield’s faith, that he embraced Christ as his Savior. His name is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the famous Russian author whose literally works are internationally acclaimed.

Your circumstances may be as destitute as Solzhenitsyn’s; they may be much less severe. But the same God who worked in a Stalinist prison camp to save an indigent Russian prisoner is at work in your problems. Surrender to His care and trust Him for the outcome. He will never disappoint you.

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