Fully Trusting

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. — Acts 18:9-11

Full disclosure. I have read this many times. And not one of these times that I have read this, have I felt that God was NOT speaking to me.

For me, a notable time coming across this was more than two years ago. It was soon after learning of an opportunity to travel to India with Epaphroditus to preach to local churches that I began to replay all of the “reasons” to be a sender and not a goer: I’m not a gifted speaker or teacher; my family needs me; business will suffer… and countless other insecurities crossed my mind.

Upon reflecting on the time that I have spent in this text I realized that I STOPPED once I got to “do not be silent” and began reasoning. I didn’t consider the promises that follow. God says “I am with you, and no one will attack or harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people”. God has work to be done in ALL places, not just in India, and in his work he will be with us. Being with us does not just mean with us while we travel to India and back, but he will also be with us in the places that we physically leave behind. No matter how long that is.

God’s promise of eternal life in Christ Jesus is far greater than anything we can begin to imagine and covers any anxieties, insecurities or troubles we can possibly imagine. That is our reward, that is why we are obedient and that is where our hope lies. We must fully trust that God’s promises are real and that he is glorified when we faithfully submit ourselves to his truth found in his word and the person of Jesus Christ. God has a vision for us all. Do not be afraid and fully trust, for he is with you.