One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
Hey guys, sorry for not posting in awhile again, been a crazy few weeks, with an epic snow trip with guys from church, a potential disaster which by Gods grace didn't occur and a concert for school, but a week in which God has challenged me to put him first and persevere and be humble.
Anyway, to the passage, I just had a few thoughts on this
1. God is on control. He promises great things and can keep them. We shouldn't only serve him when he promises protection and good thins, but at all times, even when things are going badly. Paul has suffered in almost every city he has been in, and now God grants him some rest. We need to persevere and trust God at all times. He will keep his promises. Ultimately we know we will have eternal life and safety in heaven with Christ thanks to his death in our place.
2. I found it a great challenge to see that Paul stayed in the city for a year and a half. That's a long time and it made me think - we owe God everything and as Christians we need to be ready to give up anything to him. While he may not be calling you to those 'big' things now, we still have responsibilities - christianity is a lifestyle and is a constant effort, so how do you life? Do you read the bible daily? Do you pray? Do you tell people the gospel? Do you go to church? Do you seek deep and godly conversations with Christian friends? Are you ready to listen and learn? Do you work for his glory alone - or for yourself? Do you fight sin in your life and repent when you fail?
I know I fail at this daily, but that's no excuse. We have been created by God, he sustains us - keeps us alive, and as Christians he gave his son so we can live! We owe him EVERYTHING!