“The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” Acts 23:11.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Leviticus 26-27, and Acts 23.
Paul wasn’t assured of a happy ending. He’s in jail and there are folks plotting to kill him.
Because the Lord comes and encourages Paul, I will assume that Paul was discouraged.
The Lord’s encouragement assured Paul that his plan to go to Rome would be carried out. The days ahead would suggest otherwise but Paul knew where he would end up.
We live in a world of turmoil. Just turn on the news!
For the believer, the evil in our midst is overwhelming. We get discouraged. Why? Because we forget that we win in the end.
There will be a happy ending for those of us who have trusted that Jesus has removed sin’s consequence (eternal separation from God) from our record. Before a holy and righteous God, we stand completely in the clear!
When I am overwhelmed by evil it is because I have lost sight of what He has ahead for me. This does not mean that I pretend evil is non-existent. I have to resist it by clinging to God for direction in every step of my life.
“Lord, I thank You that You love me. I thank You that You and I will be together forever after Judgment Day because of what You did for me on the cross. Help me to live in a way that always pleases You. Direct my path, I beg. You are my God.”
Believers win in the end no matter what things look like today.