Before I tell you about Eudoxia's dilemma, take a minute to consider the persecution you have faced because of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you think you have not been persecuted, you probably have without your direct knowledge and you certainly will be the more faithful you become and the more our world advances in its rejection of the Christian faith. Are we prepared to stand strong in the the face of persecution? We might quickly answer with, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," (Philippians 4:13), but are we certain of that? Do we really believe it? Are we preparing ourselves to be ready for persecution?
The way for us to prepare is to grow in knowledge of the the Lord and His Word. It will increase our Love for Him and strengthen our faith ... and it will give us reasons for what we believe and answers so we can defend and share what we believe. Reading and studying the Word of the God is key in being prepared to face persecution. By knowing His promises we can stand strong, when otherwise we would crumble.
The Bible is filled with verses that promise us God will be strong when we are weak:
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower" (Psalm 18:2).
"The way of the LORD is strength to the upright" (Proverbs 10:29).
And I must include my favorite verses in the entire Bible.
"And he [Jesus] said unto me [Paul], 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore will I [Paul] rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Sufficient Grace = Strength
There's a wonderful example of having confidence in the Lord, love for Him and knowledge of His Word that illustrates great strength and boldness in the face of persecution. This kind of preparedness created quite a dilemma for Empress Eudoxia (a Roman Empress who lived from 422–462) when she found herself without power over a faithful disciple of Christ.