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A Light In The Darkness
2/3/2014

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” Acts 18:9-10 (NKJV)

I remember when I first started racing in the desert years ago.  In the longer races of five hundred miles or more we would often race through the night.  I always liked these night sections, because it seemed to present more elements of challenge to safely guide the motorcycle to the next checkpoint, and there seemed to be a greater sense of being isolated with the absence of daylight.  It was always a great feeling to see a light in the darkness as I emerged from the night and arrived in one of our remote race pits.  There was a feeling of safety and camaraderie with the support team so close. 

I believe it is the same way when I am among many unbelievers and I am alone.  I know the Lord is with me, leading and guiding me, still it is great when I see other believers—It’s sort of like those lights in the pits in the middle of a dark desert. 

I think this is what it was like for the Apostle Paul as he came to the city of Corinth.  He had just shared the Gospel message with the Jewish leaders in the synagogue, and they had decided not to receive it.  I think Paul probably felt very much alone at this point and surrounded by darkness.  God knew this and He was faithful to speak to Paul in the night in a vision.  He told him, “Do not be afraid…for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10). 

In many ways, I guess you could say these people were Paul’s pit crew there to assist him.  These verses should bring us great comfort.  We see we don’t need to be afraid because God is always with us (cf. Heb. 13:5).  We can see Moses encouraging the Israelites of this same truth as they made their trek through the desert.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)

The second thing we can learn from these verses here in Acts 18:9-10 is God has people around us, in our neighborhoods, workplace, and wherever we go, and He will lead us to them.  This is important, because there is safety with other believers as well as accountability.  The enemy would love to separate us from the flock, to keep us isolated and without help. 

I want to encourage you today to ask God to lead you to other believers who will help sharpen you in your walk (Prov. 27:17), and who will be there to pray for you.  Find a small group to rightly divide the Word of God and to grow in your Christian walk.  These people will be there for you in your times of need—a light in the darkness—and God will use them to help you, and He will use you to help them. 

STUDY QUESTION: What truth can we glean from Deuteronomy 31:6?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you seek the fellowship of other believers to strengthen your walk?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s be committed to find a Bible study to get involved in and to fellowship with others.  There is strength within the body of believers and ministry flows through relationships. 

LET’S PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance and leading in our lives.  Thank You for bringing other believers into our lives, and for allowing us to be a part of their lives as well.  Continue to bring people into our lives and show us how we may be used to help serve their needs. We need You today Lord – would You please fill us with Your Holy Spirit and empower us to serve.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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