“But blessed is the one who trusts in
the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the
water that sends out its roots by the
stream. It does not fear when heat
comes…” Jeremiah 17:7-8a

Trees were not plentiful in Israel and most grew
by sources of water like an
oasis or a stream. Jeremiah’s simile indicates a person with confidence in the
Lord is like a deep-rooted tree by the stream
(see Psalm 1 also) that is not
afraid of heat.

Samuel Lamb is a
well-known house church pastor in southern China in the city
of Guangzhou. He
spent time in prison for his faith as a young pastor on two
totalling almost twenty years. He was forced to work in a coal mine
where the
work was hard and dangerous. He is convinced that God’s protection
is the
only reason he survived.

Upon his release after the second imprisonment,
he returned home to find out
that his dear wife had just passed away. Now in
his seventies, he threw
himself fully into the ministry again opening an
unregistered house church on
the second and third storey of his home while
the local police utilized the
ground floor for their office. His congregation
grew rapidly. He could pack in
two hundred sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on
the third floor where he preached
and another two hundred listening via a
speaker system on the second floor.
Soon he had to have five services a week
to get everyone in. Each person had
to walk past the police post to climb the
stairs to his meeting.

He soon became the best-known unregistered house
church pastor in China.
United States President Ronald Regan sent him a
monographed pen set. Billy and
Ruth Graham visited the location with many
photos taken.

Because of his refusal to register with the government
Three Self Patriotic
Movement Church, the authorities were constantly
irritated. Unhappy with his
boldness and the growth of his church, they
harassed him repeatedly and often
threatened to return him to prison. Each
time this threat occurred, Samuel
Lamb would hold up two fingers and say,
“I’ve been to prison twice already. My
bag is packed and I’m ready to go
again!” Intimidation would not work against
him as he had no fear and his
trust was completely in the Lord. And each time
the authorities would leave
to consider what other tactics they could use
against him.

Pastor Lamb
continues his unofficial, growing church ministry to this day. As
an elderly
pastor, he does not fear when the “heat” comes.

RESPONSE: Today I will
trust completely in the Lord and rely on His wisdom
when pressures

PRAYER: Pray other pastors in China will have the fearlessness and
growth of Samuel Lamb.

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