Acts 17-18:17

Are you trusting God for the results?

Acts 17 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. This chapter shows us Paul’s resolve to proceed with the work the Lord has given him, even in the face of constant opposition. Chapter 17 and the first half of chapter 18 give us a glimpse of Paul’s time in four cities (Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, and Corinth).

One thing I like about Paul is he had a plan when he entered a new city. First, he’d preach in the synagogues and share the gospel with the Jews. When he’d run his course there and was no longer welcome, he’d turn to the streets and evangelize the Gentiles. From there he would stay until his time in the city was complete. No matter the outcome, Paul trusted the Lord for the results in each city. He knew he would face opposition, but knew the Lord would bring those to faith whom he had chosen before the foundation of the world.

This is encouraging because we find out that Paul was only in Thessalonica for about a month, if that. Yet, when we read his letters to this church, he has nothing but encouragement for them and very little correction. He spent so little time in this city, but yielded great fruit. That is what can happen when we trust the Lord. Yet he was in Corinth for a year and a half, and that church had all kinds of issues after he left. Nevertheless, the Lord accomplished his work through his people.

Today, what is your resolve when you face opposition? Are you like Paul and press forward, or do you shrink back? Pray to the Lord for encouragement as you share the gospel and make disciples.

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