The Trials and Delights of Paul’s Ministry

Text: Acts 14:19-28

Reflection and Question: Paul’s preaching in Antioch and Iconium stirred up an opposition who tried to stone him to death. Rescued by disciples in the area, Paul escaped with Barnabas and, as they traveled, they “strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith.” This itineration was Paul’s ministry and he delighted in it even though it so often made people angry. The trials Paul faced were small compared to the joy he knew from sharing the Gospel message with strangers. Have you faced opposition as Paul does here? How did you handle it?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we would follow in the footsteps of Paul as a preacher and teacher of Your good news. Save us as You did Paul, through his friends, when we stir up controversy. May we delight in Your will and walk in Your way. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).