Don't Give Up
Posted: Thursday, June 14
1 Kings 12:20-13:34
Verse of the day:
So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him. When the believers heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown. (Acts 9:28-30, NLT)
After he saw the Risen Christ, Paul left both his religious and social positions to follow Christ. He started preaching in Damascus and had to flee the city because they tried to kill him.
From there, Paul went to Jerusalem to meet with the Apostles. Barnabas had to advocate for Paul because the Apostles were afraid of meeting Paul. Thankfully, Apostles agree to meet with him. As a result, Paul stayed with the Apostles and together they preached around Jerusalem.
History repeated itself as there is another plot to murder Paul. When the believers heard about this, they took Paul to Caesarea and sent him back home, to Tarsus. We are not told if this was a temporary or permanent solution. They just sent Paul away.
How do you think Paul felt?
Can you imagine how scared he must have felt when a group of people tried to murder him, twice? I imagine he felt rejected and abandoned when, in his time of trouble, he was sent back home. He was doing the right things, but everything turned out wrong.
Yet, God was still at work in both Paul’s life and ministry. Paul’s years spent back home shaped him and it was from Tarsus that God called him to serve alongside Barnabas in the church of Antioch. This is significant because it is from this church that God chooses Paul (along with Barnabas) to go on his first missionary journey.
Have you ever tried to do the right thing, and everything turns out wrong? Don’t give up! God is still at work in your life and he will redeem even the worst circumstances. So embrace your reality; learn from it, and trust that God is not done with you yet.