Today’s Bible Reading: Acts 28
When I gave my life to Christ, one of the very first Bible verses to impact me was Paul’s quote in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” Here is a man who lived a faithful journey and came to the end of his life with no regrets. What an amazing feeling that must be! I rejoice with Paul about his ability to never waiver from his goal of preaching about Jesus Christ. Paul gives me a great godly reference for how to be steadfast and stand firm in the things I believe through difficult times.
Acts 28 is the final chapter of Acts. In it, we find Paul destined for Rome. Chained as a prisoner, shipwrecked, and now with a snake fastened to his hand, Paul never loses sight of the finish line! Why? Because, as we read last Friday, God had promised him safe passage.
23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’
Paul desperately wanted to reach the people of Rome for God, and God honored that. Throughout Acts, we see that God may not make us comfortable or secure, but he will provide the opportunity to honor him and do his work! Yes, trials can bring great suffering, challenges, and distraction. If we are focused, however, on the finish line, these hurdles only serve to make us bolder and our faith stronger with each obstacle we overcome! That was certainly the life example Paul set.
How can God help you overcome the trials and hurdles in your life? How is your finish line aligned with God’s will for your life?
Identify the struggles in your life today and talk about them with someone. Then, pray about them. What is God revealing to you about how your suffering can be used for the good of his Kingdom?
Heavenly Father, we know it is not always easy to rejoice in suffering. Help us to see the challenge for what it is and give us the strength to rise above it. Help us to see YOU. It is not easy to overcome life’s struggles, but we praise you now for the amazing ways you will help us persevere. You will make us stronger, and we thank you for being by our side as we run our race. Amen.
This post was written by Mike Bilik. Mike is a father to 3 amazing daughters and one awesome son. Spare time is rare, but given the opportunity you are likely to find him with friends: hiking, hunting or fishing.
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