Arriving at Athens
And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens:
and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for
to come to him with all speed, they departed.
Read Acts 17:10-17
Over the next several days we will focus on the life of Paul. He was called to
proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in various places over a great area. On
one of his journeys he went to Athens, but not by choice. He had preached
in Macedonia first, which was north east of Greece. Then he went to Thessalonica
where he received a lot of opposition to his preaching, especially
from the Jews. The uproar became so great that he had to make his way to
Berea; there things went well until the Jews of Thessalonica heard about it
and went to that city to oppose him. His supporters then gave the impression
that they sent him away by ship, but instead guided him by land to the
city of Athens. This was an extremely long distance, about 600 kilometers.
Apparently his supporters considered the hostility so great that they sent
him out of their region.
This must have been very trying for Paul. In the past, as a self-righteous
Jew, he had persecuted the Christians. Now that he has become a Christian,
his own people, the Jews, were persecuting him. They who were once his
friends had become his enemies. But the Lord used what the devil meant
for evil for good. Through this trouble Paul became a witness of the Gospel
to the Greeks living in Athens. God is faithful and His purposes never fail!
Perhaps you also do not know the way the Lord would have you go. When
the Lord entered your life, it did not become any easier. The devil seeks to
cause havoc in various ways. It is important to remember that, through all
the uncertainty, God’s plan for your life will be fulfilled. This will not be
thwarted in any way.
Thought: Has the Lord come into your life? If so, have former friends turned
away from you? Did you expect that?
Psalter 92:1 (based on Psalm 35)
Be Thou my helper in the strife, O Lord, my strong defender be;
Thy mighty shield protect my life, Thy spear confront the enemy.
Amid the conflict, O my Lord, Thy precious promise let me hear.
The faithful, reassuring word: I am thy Saviour do not fear.