March 10, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: Devotions, Manly men of history

 by Caleb Hancock

Bunyan in Bedford jail

John Bunyan was a man of great faith. As I have studied his life and works recently, I have come to respect this man’s trust in God. In the face of great trials, including imprisonment for proclaiming Christ, he believed Romans 8. He knew that suffering would come, but He trusted that God was in control of every circumstance that he found himself in.

Check out this quote from Bunyan,

“If, therefore, when thou hast fled, thou art taken, be not
offended at God or man: not at God, for thou art his servant,
thy life and thy all are his; not at man, for he is but God’s rod,
and is ordained, in this, to do thee good. Hast thou escaped?
Laugh. Art thou taken? Laugh. I mean, be pleased which way
soever things shall go, for that the scales are still in God’s

How is it possible for this man, who suffered much more than many of us, to look at bleak situations and face them resolutely? Because he was a man of great stature and fortitude? Because he had a great mass of wealth to throw at any problem that he faced? Because he knew powerful men who would come to his aid?


John Bunyan found his refuge in God. And God had revealed to Bunyan that he was working all things for his good. Read Romans 8:28-30 with me,

28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

God has called you, if you have confessed your sins to Him, repented of them, and placed all hope for salvation in Christ! This passage reveals that He then works all things for our good, to conform us to the image of our Savior.

Bunyan trusted and believed in this passage. And as men in America, we need to follow suit and not complain when adversity comes, but be satisfied in God, knowing that He gave His only Son for us, because He chose to love US!

How amazing is God! How good He is! Let’s live and die for Him like John Bunyan.


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