Be of Good Courage

One night Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712-1786) held a banquet for his military leaders.  All appeared except General von Zieten, a devout Christian, who went to his church that evening and received Holy Communion.  The next time his staff gathered they all made sport of von Zieten, his faith and the Sacraments.

Boldly the general stood and said, “Majesty, I have pledged my life and my sword to protect you and the Kingdom.  But there is a King here greater than you.  He is King Jesus.  I will not abide His Name and His Sacraments being profaned.  I ask your leave.”

The other generals trembled for they knew Frederick could order von Zieten executed.  Instead the king placed his hand on the brave general’s arm, asked him to remain and said there would be no more making light of God and His Word.

There is a lesson here for us in our increasingly secular and vulgar society.  Let us “Not be ashamed of the Gospel:  it is the power of God for salvation.” (Romans 1:16)  And let us, “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage.” (Psalm 27:14)


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