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Acts of Disciples

Jesus gives you peace and help, but doesn’t prevent problems from coming into your life

The Acts of Disciples
They Work Through Troubles – Part III

Scripture Reading: Acts 13:13-52

Key Verses: Acts 13:50-51
Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. So, they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium.

Imagine yourself working successfully for the Lord and suddenly both church people and unbelievers in the area incite a mob against you. Imagine how it would feel to have your adversaries run you out of the town where you live and now you must find another place to live.

Most of us cannot fathom what that would feel like, but that is what the Apostle Paul and Barnabas experienced. They shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and moved on.

We do not know all the thoughts of Paul and Barnabas. They were likely surprised and discouraged that God didn’t step in and stop those who were opposing their message of the Good News.

If it were me, I think I would have had doubts creep into my mind about my calling and wonder if I missed what God was wanting to do in and with my life.

The feelings that we have when bad things happen to us is often due to the misunderstanding of what it means to be in God’s family and for God to care for us. Remember what Jesus told His followers about problems in our lives:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Carefully note Jesus’s perspective about our problems. Jesus gives us peace but does not prevent problems from coming into our lives. The Apostle Peter tried to drive home this point when He wrote:

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 2:12)

I have had times when despite my best efforts to please God and do His will, problems still came to my door! We all have a hard time getting away from the thought that if I do good, then my world will be good… but that is not a biblical perspective. The Bible teaches:

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45b)

In other words, God allows both believers and unbelievers to have good days (sunshine) and bad days (rainy). God’s children work through their problems with God’s wisdom and strength!

Father, as I walk through the problems of my life, grant me peace, wisdom, and strength. I want You to be glorified in the way I handle life. In Jesus’s Name, amen.