Scripture Reading: Acts 18:1-11
“And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are My people.'” (Acts 18:9,10)
When Paul arrived in Corinth, he was filled with fear. In his first epistle to the Corinthians, he wrote: “And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling” (I Corinthians 2:1-3). He was afraid because he knew the reputation of the Corinthians — they were known to be proud and immoral people. The temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love was located near the city. A thousand female slave prostitutes served int the temple and roamed the city streets at night. From the 5th Centry BC, the expression “to Corinthinize” meant to be sexually immoral.
Paul came to Corinth in weakness and fear and in much trembling. His ministry there was met with resistance and opposition. But the Lord came to Paul when he needed Him the most: “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are My people.” Paul’s fear turned into faith. He believed what God had spoken to him. Thus, “he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them” (v. 11). Many of the Corinthians believed because God had many in the city who were His people (v. 10).
When we put our trust in our Savior, our fears will turn to faith and then we can be obedient to the calling of God in our lives.
Lord God, I have been filled with fear many times in my life. When I have faced difficult situations, I have found comfort from Your Word. I know that You will strengthen me and help me. You continue to uphold me with Your righteous right hand. Thank You, O Sovereign Lord, for Your promises and for Your presence in my life.
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