When bad stuff happens, we can think that something is wrong. That we’ve done something wrong that we being punished for.
Or perhaps God is trying to throw a roadblock in our way to keep us from going down a certain path. We can think that the troubles we face or the trials and challenges are there to point us to another way.
We very rarely, hardly ever, see these things as “good.”
Well, listen to what happens to Paul and Barnabas today in Acts 14: 1-3:
Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Huh. That’s not what we may expect to happen. Lots of trouble gets stirred up, things go wrong, things happen, and we think, well, it’s time to quit.
It’s time to move on.
Nothing to see here. Nothing to do. Keep moving.
Sometimes, through, that’s not the case. That’s what we see with Paul today. It was not time to move on. It was not time to keep going. It was time to keep fighting. It was time to keep pushing. It was time to keep going.
The obstacles where not God trying to move Him away. It was the devil trying to stop him from doing what God wanted him to do.
Paul had to keep fighting.
So should we. Today, keep fighting. Keep pushing. Keep working. Keep being faithful. Keep giving it to God. Keep going.
And know that God is at work.
Today, don’t give up. Keep fighting. And know that God is faithful and true. Trust in Him in all things.
And keep fighting.
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