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She was a vibrant young teenager, but she had a premonition that she'd never live to see 20 years of age. Rachel Scott was popular at her high school, even though her witness for Christ wasn't always well received. Two students who hated her were Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris. She had talked to them and tried to persuade them to stop doing all the weird things that they were doing. During the week of Easter 1999, both boys entered Rachel's school in Columbine, Colorado, USA, and started shooting. Before approaching her, they killed another student who was witnessing about his faith. Then, they shot Rachel in the leg and back. Realizing that she was still alive, Harris walked over to her and asked, "Do you still believe in God?" Before he delivered the final shots that ended her life, she said, "You know I do."
Rachel Scott was faithful to God to the very end — even when it was an end that was quite unpleasant. God was also faithful to her. In the final moments when she knew that she would die, she surely relied on God's Spirit and His promise of eternal life through the resurrection power of Christ to give her peace and strength to say what she did, knowing what the results would be.
Psalm 119:90 – Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. (NLT)
I'm not sure how old the psalmist was when he wrote these words, but he obviously had lived long enough to observe God's faithfulness. I suppose that he must have read and heard about His faithfulness as well. Friends, parents, grandparents: they had all experienced God's faithfulness and lived to tell him about it.
I, too, have a heritage of hearing about and experiencing God's faithfulness. I watched as both of my great-grandmothers witnessed of God's faithfulness. Two of my grandparents also showed me God's faithfulness and told me many stories to support it. Both of my parents testified to me of God's faithfulness and lived out that belief day by day. I did the same with my two children, and hopefully, they will do the same with their children.
I've read of God's faithfulness in the historical stories of the Bible and other Christian literature. I've witnessed it in the lives of hundreds of others. God was faithful yesterday, He is today, and He will be for as many years as I live — and beyond! He's faithful to fulfill every one of the promises that He makes to His children in His Word. He has to be. Not to be would contradict His very nature.
Are you experiencing God's faithfulness in Your life?
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to us. Enable us to be as faithful to You. Amen.
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Thanks for a faithful word today Martin.
How touching for a young person to give such a testimony. Praise God!
Good Word for today Martin,
Unfortunately, I did not have good examples to follow while growing up.
Praise the Lord you were blessed to have that experience.
God continue to bless you in your service to the Lord.
Thank you for sharing this touching devotional. What an example of Christian witness from a teenager. I’m sure the grief and pain surrounding her death did not hold a candle to her joyous reception in Heaven and the words of our Savior, “Well done my good and faithful servant, enter the Kingdom prepared for you.” Blessings.
Thank you for your devotional, it was inspiring even if it was based on an urban myth. Unfortunately an alarm immediately went off. There is no record of the witness that heard the dialogue between the killer and Rachel. It just sounds like a plausible “feel-good” story that some Christian group invented to turn Rachel into a martyr and inspire others.
Very powerful – thank you Martin. I read “Rachel’s tears” and “The Journals of Rachel Scott.” Her testimony was such an inspiration to me.
You were so blessed to have had a godly influence while you were growing up.
Keep sharing the good news!