“But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.” 1 Corinthians 16:8-9.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Judges 9-10, Psalm 49, and 1 Corinthians 16.
When things get tough, most of us back down.
Paul, however, seems to be “encouraged” that he will face opposition in Ephesus.
That’s what confidence in God will do for us. Recall Elisha and his servant. The servant fears the opposition until Elisha tells him that there are more with them than he thinks and has his eyes opened to see the heavenly hosts.
Paul has faith is What is with him. Physical abuse does not scare him. He knows that what he has to say is important and he’s willing to stand up and present it.
How easily you and I are scared off from representing Him. And we’re not even worrying about physical abuse! “They will hate us.” “They won’t speak to us again.” And on and on we go, Satan whispering lies to us!
If we are in God’s Will, and that is an ongoing thing, we will have His Words and Thoughts. Bad reactions to us don’t mean that we’ve got it wrong. Our job is to be ready in any capacity to rightly represent Him.
“Have Your Way with me. Guide me. Chide me. I want to represent You in a way that pleases You. Direct me. I yield to You.”
Paul is ready to go because, not only is effective work getting done, but also because there is opposition. Would that be an example of having it both ways??