And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:1-3)
As we look up sometimes at night, we behold the splendor of the starry sky. Acres and acres of shining brightness, accented by the darkness all around. The darkness seems to reveal the light to even a greater glory.
As tribulations and hardships come our way because of abounding iniquity, Jesus said, so let your light shine that anyone who looks will see your brightness among so much darkness that exists in this world today.
Beloved, losing one's life for Christ can never be easy. However, when we read of the coming age in the book of Daniel, the gain will definitely outweigh the loss.
Dr. Thomas Snyder