'...He rose up and went into the city.' Acts 14:20 NKJ
Ever feel like you’re on the receiving end of a barrage of curveballs? Over and over: one day stress, the next disappointment. And just as you’re slowly getting back up to your feet, worry and anxiety come hurtling round the corner to smack you down. We’ve all been in a ‘when–will–this–end?’ situation, and they’re never easy.
Check out the context for today’s verse: ‘Then Jews…came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.’ (Acts 14:19 NKJ) Paul somehow got back up. And more impressively, he went straight on ‘into the city’ to carry on his mission.
…What? He didn’t call the whole thing off after being stoned? And this was by no means the only time he was knocked down. Whatever Paul had, we definitely need it:
(1) He had a relationship with God. He was one focussed Jewish boy. Looking up to God is the way to keep hope in the future, so as not to throw the sweaty, bloodied towel in. Only this kind of gritty optimism could lead him to write in 2 Corinthians 4:8—‘We are hard–pressed on every side, yet not crushed…struck down, but not destroyed.’
(2) He had a relationship with Godly people—Paul only got up after his ‘disciples gathered around him.’ (Acts 14:20 NKJ) He wasn’t alone. He needed all the encouragement and support he could get—and in tough times, so do we.
SoulFood: Gen 4-6, Jn 12:20-36, Ps 102:12-17, Prov 30:21-23
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