I hope to encourage you every morning with insights from our reading plan. I pray that this is an encouragement to you. Please let me know what speaks to you today!
Read Acts 23
In Acts 23, we see a unique situation going on. Here we see the journey of Paul continuing his defense. Paul’s brought before the high priest, and the high priest orders him struck. Paul talks back to him without knowing who it is that he is speaking to. Paul is intelligent and quick on his feet. So he finds the point that will cause division and get the focus off of him. Though we learn that about 40 men had decided that they were going to kill Paul, they wanted him gone. But in chapter 23 is a verse that is easily skipped over in the midst of all of this.
11. The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”
Paul is encouraged to take courage in the Lord. That his journey was not over yet, he still had work to do. He was going to tell more people about the facts of Christ. There are some things that you and I can take courage in.
1. Take Courage in the Lord. We find our courage in no one else. Consistently in the Psalms, we see the writers saying that the Lord is my refuge, or He is my rock, my defender. It is the Lord that fights our battles for us. Paul was given these two words that would have flooded his mind with these scriptures. Take courage. Amid this pandemic, take courage.
2. The Lord isn’t finished with you. Paul knew that he had a role to play, and God wasn’t finished with him. We don’t know when the Lord is going to call us home or return. What we can know is that as long as you are alive, He’s not finished with you yet. He is still working on you, molding you, shaping you, and calling you to be obedient to the mission of God.
So friends, take courage and know that the Lord isn’t finished with you yet.