Read: Acts 18:5-11
Paul encounters great opposition as he preaches the Gospel in Corinth (18:5-6). In the context of this abuse, the Lord spoke to Paul and said “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city” (18:9-10).
It is such an encouragement to know that despite opposition, God still has work for us to do. This is good reason to keep our eyes firmly fixed on God’s mission and his priorities. I need to remember this, because it is too easy to become distracted, restricted and constricted by my circumstances. It is just too easy to engage in self pity, to brood on my problems, lick the sores of my discontent, and continue to feed my pain. You know what? Jesus is worth more than that. And His Kingdom and mission are worth more than that. I must make a commitment to focus on His grace, and to carry my gripes lightly.
despite opposition, God still has work for us to do
Lord Jesus, let my vision be defined by your calling and your mission. May your grace and power define my circumstances and how I respond to the challenges around me.
I love Psalm 121, and how The Message communicates the shalom that comes to those whom the Lord surrounds…
I look to the mountains Does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes comes form God, who made heaven and earth, and mountains.
He won’t let your foot slip, he won’t let you stumble,
Your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep.
Q: What makes it so hard for us to really trust God when the going is so tough?