Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 13-14, John 2
Today’s reading in “The Story” is found in your book starting on page 446 (chapter 30) at the transition paragraph and it ends before the transition paragraph on page 452 with the words, “…without hindrance!”
If you do not have “The Story” you may read the passages in the NIV Bible: Acts 27:1-28:31.
Talk about a great odyssey. About seven hundred years earlier or so, Homer wrote The Odyssey about the adventures of Odysseus, the Greek hero. The Romans of Paul’s day would have recognized his character as the great Ulysses. But either way, he had nothing on Paul as far as living through adventures. The fact that Odysseus was a fictional character, makes the adventures of Paul even more amazing.
But what was most amazing was seeing the hand of God as He protected Paul through rough seas and as He delivered Paul from potentially being killed by Roman soldiers as they contemplated killing their prisoners when they were preparing to scuttle their ship. Through stormy weather and dangerous conditions, Paul kept his faith and continued to share the Gospel.
When we see how his circumstances were so incredibly dangerous on his journey at sea, we could understand him becoming frightened and worried about his safety and that of his shipmates. But Paul never wavered in his faith in the Lord. He continued to encourage the soldiers and the crew. He even shared with them that God had given him a vision that they would all live through this ordeal.
What an incredible witness! Paul never stopped sharing the Gospel of Christ with everyone whom he met. How are you doing with sharing the Gospel with other in your life? For Paul, it didn’t matter if his life was threatened or if his life was going well. He continued to share the love of Christ and the message of salvation with Jews and Gentiles wherever he went.
In fact, in our reading for today, we see that once they were saved from the stormy seas, Paul stayed in Malta for quite some time, sharing the Gospel with them. Then they went up to Rome and Paul preached the Gospel to the Jews there and told the about how the Gospel was also to be shared with the Gentiles. Paul stayed in a rented house in Rome for two years, telling them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
When do we tell people about Jesus? Do we ever talk about Jesus outside of church and Sunday school? Paul spoke from the scriptures that he knew, namely the Old Testament scriptures, from which he shared the plan of salvation with the people. As we see from our reading, the Gospel was proclaimed.
Just as Paul continued to proclaim the Gospel, so too should we be sharing our faith in Jesus Christ with people in our lives. We are not under the threat of death like Paul was. We live in a country that allows us to worship God and study our scriptures without governmental interference. What a blessing we have!
So let’s go share the Gospel today. The Gospel will be proclaimed, because that is the will of God. Let’s be a part of that wonderful proclamation of the Gospel message! Share your faith in Jesus with someone today!
Prayer: Dear God, Paul went through so much turmoil and danger, yet still proclaimed the Gospel. Help me to be bold to proclaim Your saving message to others in my life. Give me the courage and the words to say. In Jesus’ name. Amen.