We all get knocked down. It’s part of life. How do you respond when life comes at you hard? It’s been said that the true measure of a person is their character and attitude in face of adversity.
When Paul and Barnabas were in place called Lystra, things went well, and then quickly turned very bad. They were trying to make the best of it. You can read the full story here: Acts 14: 8-20
But it’s the ending that has me amazed today. The determination of Paul to serve the Lord, and to continue share the love of God through the gospel of Jesus.
19 Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won the crowds over. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead. 20 When the disciples surrounded him, he got up and entered the city again. The following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. – Acts 14:19-20 (CEB)
It seems the Lord is speaking loudly today, in the face of adversity, know that God is with you. Get up and keep on serving. The message of God’s love can’t be and won’t be stopped. God is using you, even in the face of adversity, or especially in the face of adversity, the message of God’s love needs to be heard. After yesterday’s celebrations, I can’t help but think this same determination in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the face of death, they continued to serve the Lord and proclaim God’s love for all people.
May the determination of folks like Paul and Martin Luther King continue to inspire us as followers of Jesus today. Whatever your adversity or challenge, know that God is with you.
Prayer: Lord, inspired by your unconditional love, shown to us in Jesus, may we show determination and tenacity, proclaiming that love to the world in the face of any and all adversity. Amen