So many times, I thank the Lord for the encouragement of Scripture. Paul felt this way too. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Though it would be a few years before he would see these believers face-to-face, Paul wanted to provide them with the real source of encouragement – God’s Word.
Reports from many parts of the world keep coming into my computer, some heartbreaking and others tell of great boldness in sharing the gospel of Jesus with those around them. We just learned that a friend of ours now has the Covid-19 virus, and now possibly his daughter. Our hearts go out to them and we again take a moment to pray for God’s mercy. At the same time, we hear that many in Wuhan are boldly sharing the gospel, and finding persons who are very receptive. How did the Early Church handle times like this?
This takes me back to Acts 4. They were under the threat of prison for preaching the gospel about Jesus which drove the believers to pray; “grant to your servants [the disciples] to continue to speak Your word with all boldness” (4:29). If you will pray like that, I can tell you what will be the result; “with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all” (4:33).
In these uncertain times, we must accept that circumstances may be very difficult for some time, but they DO NOT change the power of God. Let’s draw on that power to be His witnesses to others with boldness, love and grace.
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