“And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds”
Paul never ceased from preaching the gospel. Even while imprisoned in Rome, he not only preached to those around him, but wrote numerous letters to the various churches that were scattered throughout the land – all of them a product of his ministry. Many of these letters are our New Testament today. I am constantly amazed at his tenacity to minister Christ to those around him, both near and far.
It seems to me when I get into trials I often shut down and keep to myself. My witness vanishes. In fact, usually my mood and words often don’t come close to reflecting a Christian! I am down, distraught and always hoping my situation will change. But as we’ve seen in previous verses, God is still in control, and He has the situation well in hand. And He can use each situation for His glory as well.
So my response to the trials of life should be to rejoice and wax bolder, not weaker. My testimony should be greater in the midst of trials, not less. As we see here, the church became more confident in their faith because of Paul’s example. This led to a greater witness and church growth.
The next time you face a trial, remember this. What a great time to put together a powerful testimony! What a perfect time to show others that the trials of life will not get you down, because you serve a God that can see us through anything. We must testify about this God of ours, who will never let us down!
Lord, help me to see the trials of life as an opportunity to witness about your great power to deliver me from y affliction. You are always in control, and I need not fear what tomorrow might bring. You will not only see me through, but you will give me a testimony that will win others to Christ. Let me not keep silent when the storms rage, but give you glory!