In this day of global social media and connectivity, a single courageous Christian like Anatoly can make global headlines and a global impact. As with Isaiah of old, a single committed believer can use his or her influence to make a difference that will echo in eternity.
When we remember what others have done in the power of Christ, we are encouraged to emulate them by making their Source ours and finding in Jesus the strength and hope we need. Then others will follow our example by trusting our Lord as theirs.
I believe that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is an example of sinfully misused human freedom. However, I also believe that God sometimes intervenes to protect the innocent from such aggression. As a result, I am praying for him to do the same for the Ukrainians and do not know why he has not done so to this point.