Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Some folks have the impression that God could care less about how they feel. That couldn't be further from the truth. He is a Father who loves His kids. He doesn't change His expectations for us but He does cheer us on always, especially when we are growing weary in the fight.
Paul entered Corinth haggard. He had experienced so much persecution from the Jews and it started all over again in Corinth. Nevertheless, he shared the Gospel, got rejected by the Jews but found reception amongst the Gentiles. Many of them got saved. However, Paul was growing weary and probably suffering from PTSD from the beatings he had suffered from the Jews. The text implies he was afraid. Enter God. Notice He didn't say, "Go do what I said boy" but rather, "Don't be afraid, I am with you." He encouraged Paul in these dark moments. He stayed in Corinth for eighteen months teaching them about Jesus and catching his breath!
God is faithful to pick us up when we are down. He doesn't change His call upon our lives but He does give us the encouragement and reprieve we need to press on. He knows we are human and frail. A bruised reed He will not break, and a faintly burning wick He will not quench. Press in and let Him minister to you. He loves you. He is not just our God but also our Father. Never forget that!
Father, we pray when our souls are downcast that we look up and fix our eyes on You. You are faithful to encourage and refresh us. Will you even now speak to those whose hearts are weary as only You can we pray in Jesus name, amen.
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