Listening to the Word
Have Faith in God
Job 18; Psalm 114 Acts 27,28
“Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar…So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.’”
Paul lived his life through his relationship with God. That relationship defined who he was, why he was on earth, what his life purpose was, and where he was going. The direction and faith that came from his relationship with God, provided courage and guidance to all those around him. Roman soldiers found encouragement in his words because they knew Paul walked with God. Paul stood before the King of Kings, and because of that he did not fear to stand before Caesar. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom when we know that we belong to God and that our life’s purpose is to serve him; all other issues and circumstances take on new perspective. The world is looking to the Church, Christ’s body, for direction and perspective in the midst of crises, uncertainty, and change.
Will we, like Paul, be up for the challenge?
“Jesus, your presence and Word are my comfort and strength. Give me opportunities to share that courage today with those around me who need it.”