Paul invested God’s Word in the lives of those in Corinth and God changed lives. “Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). But, Paul had opposition. The Jews became abusive to him. Once again Paul faces oppostion. But, God is good. He knows what we need at all times and He encouraged Paul.
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 for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God. (Acts 18:9-11)
Although God told Paul to “not be afraid” it did not mean that Paul’s ministry in Corinth would go smoothly. “. . .the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court” (Acts 18:12). They charged him with trying to persuade the people to worship God in ways that were contrary to the law. Paul was persecuted for sharing God’s Word.
How are you facing opposition as you follow God? Are you discouraged in your ministry? How are you being persecuted when you share God’s Word with others? How are you suffering for living a life that honors God? Do not get discouraged. Do not give up hope. Turn to the One who sees all. . .who hears all. . .who knows all. . .and has purposes for His Kingdom.
And the God of all grace,
who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you
and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (NIV) 1 Peter 5:10