One of the greatest Americans was a woman named Sojourner Truth. She is a star of black history. She escaped from slavery in the early 1800s and began to preach across the land. She was a powerful and passionate speaker and was frequently invited to speak for anti-slavery meetings and in meetings for women’s rights.
So where did she get her now famous name? She said that God gave it to her: “The Lord gave me the name Sojourner because I was to travel up and down the land showing the people their sins and being a sign unto them. Afterward I told the Lord I wanted another name because everybody had two names; and the Lord gave me Truth, because I was to declare the truth to the people.”
This woman heard from God and then obeyed. She had no education, no financial backing. She was a former slave and belonged to a persecuted race. She was bold and spoke the truth, openly telling people their sins and calling on them to stop doing wrong and turn to God. Yet Sojourner Truth became world famous in her time and is still refered to in most American history books.
How we need people in our time who will listen to God and boldly do what He tells them to. And that’s the truth!
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