[CF Devotionals] 2013-03-14 - At Home

Phil 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. (NASB)

Imagine going through some of the things that Paul and his contemporaries went through. Thrown into jail, stoned, shipwrecked. The jails and prisons of that day were hardly the places they are today. They are at least clean, dry and lit with restroom facilities. To be stoned was to be pummeled with rocks with the intention of ending the life of the recipient. Shipwrecked. There were no radios to call for help.

Yet in all these times it is amazing to see the response of the missionaries. Paul and Silas thrown into jail singing at midnight with seated on a rail with their feet in chains or stocks. During the storm and after the shipwreck Paul was the one encouraging people and making sure they ate. The Lord promised that all would reach shore and he had the courage to deliver that seemingly improbable truth. He saw God's provision in the middle of difficulties.

You see I'd like to share my life with you
And show you things I've seen
Places that I'm going to places where I've been
To have you there beside me and never be alone
And all the time that you're with me
We will be at home

Bridge from Follow Me
lyrics Valdevit, Zangirolami

© Universal Music Publishing Group, Chrysalis One Music, EMI Music Publishing

This is the bridge from a very popular folks song from a few years back. While it is not a perfect fit it reminds me very much of Christ's heart in His call to each of us. It is far from demanding. The call is to fellowship and a journey. Some of us will travel the world carrying a priceless message. Others of us will be closer to home but carry the same gospel to those around us.

For most of us there will not be times like Paul and his company suffered though. There will be difficulties and trials. But all the while Jesus has promised us that the Holy Spirit would be with us - God's down payment on eternity reminding us that Jesus has paid the price and opened the way. We must walk that way but we will never be alone even in what might be considered the worst of times.

Grace & Peace,

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