Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 17:10-25 ~ Alone and Waiting

on July 15, 2012

Paul and Silas were sent from Thessalonica to Berea for their own safety.  The Bereans really took to Paul’s teaching and reasoning, checking the Scriptures to see if what they were saying was truth.  That is a great lesson for anyone–everything we hear needs to be measured against the plumb line of God’s Word.  His Word is the only absolute truth!  People started turning to Christ, and the Jews in Thessalonica got wind of it.  They came over to Berea and started agitating and stirring up the people until it was not safe for Paul to stay.  They sent him alone on his way to the sea.  Take a minute and think about what that would be like.  To be in so much danger for the gospel that you had to go off completely alone, separated from friends and family.

Not only was Paul alone, but verse 16 says he was waiting for his partners.   Paul didn’t just “hole up” inside and weather the danger.  He waited actively.  When Paul saw the spiritual condition in Athens it fired up his spirit, and he went to work.  No threats, no fear can stop Paul from preaching the good news of Jesus.  EVERY DAY he worked and shared with WHOEVER happened to be around.

He appealed to the people’s philosophical lifestyle and introduced them to the one true, living God–the God who made the world and everything in it.  The Lord of heaven and earth, who is completely self-sufficient and the giver of all life, breath and everything.  A lesson we can learn from Paul’s approach is to meet people where they are and help them to see their need for God for their very life and breath.

How often do I stop to recognize my total need on God for my life?  He keeps my lungs breathing and my heart beating!  He supplies the air!  He supplies everything!  I think because Paul realized this truth, it kept him faithful to preach the good news in the midst of waiting and being alone.  There are needs all around us.  How can I be faithful to work for God everyday and with whoever is around me?


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