Our Suffering is Not Wasted

Wednesday is for Prayer

At Philippi, Paul and Silas had been arrested, stripped, beaten with rods, thrown into an inner dungeon, immobilized by stocks on their feet, all for preaching the gospel (Acts 15:16-24).

After an earthquake-miracle, they led their jailer and his family to faith in Christ, visited Lydia and the new church meeting in her home and left the next day (Acts 15:25-40). Some days later, they arrive in Thessalonica, about 90 miles west of Philippi, with sore feet, beaten backs and still suffering from their ill treatment at the hands of the governing officials in Philippi.

“But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.”
—1 Thessalonians 2:2

God in his wisdom used every sorrow to expand the ministry of Paul. He does the same for us.

Nothing is wasted, including our sorrows.

Lord and giver of life, Savior who did not flinch to offer yourself as an atoning sacrifice for our sin, … Risen One who conquered our sin and death, make us bold like Paul and Silas and Timothy to proclaim the gospel to our neighbors, friends and family, even if it be in the midst of much conflict. Make us bold to declare the liberating power of the gospel, no matter what the cost to us personally, so that more would know your love and mercy. Amen.”

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