Question: Are we wasting our peace and protection?
9 Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; 10 “for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat,
13 saying, “This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.”
14 And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you.
15 “But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters.”
16 And he drove them from the judgment seat.
17 Then all the Greeks[fn] took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.18 So Paul still remained a good while.
God fulfilled his promise to Paul that he would not be harmed in Corinth. God had many people that needed to be saved there, so Paul was protected by the civil government and ultimately by God.
Have you ever wondered why your country is protected and blessed? Personally, have you ever wondered why your life is going so well at times: all your needs are fulfilled, your health is good, you are at peace? Why is God providing such peace and protection for us?
It is because God has many people in this place, and he has given us time and peace to invest in them. Corinth had many people there that God wanted to bring into the fold, and Paul stayed there one and a half years to invest in them.
But don’t we grow through trials?
Yes we do grow in persecution and trials, but God also provides times of peace that we may build.
Ecclesiastes chapter 3.
1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.
Are you in a time of peace right now? Let us not waste this time! Let us not misuse the fruits of peace to consume all on ourselves!
Can’t I enjoy anything for myself?
Yes you may enjoy the fruits of your labor. Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,
13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
Then what is my duty in this time of blessing?
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
The two above scriptures said it well: to do good, and to have an abundance for every good work. We can enjoy the fruit of our labor and that our needs have been supplied, but let us also use that abundance of time, talent, and treasure for others.
Christians, let us not be negligent with our peace, protection, and prosperity. God has provided all to allow us to speak, teach, and serve other souls.
God bless. Bob
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