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September 13, 2023: Lessons in Resilience

Daily Scripture: Acts 14:1-28

Lessons in Resilience

In Acts 14:1-28, we find a story of remarkable resilience and faith in the midst of various trials and challenges that life often throws our way.

Paul and Barnabas embarked on a missionary journey, preaching the Gospel and performing miracles in different cities. Along the way, they faced not only opposition but also hardships such as attempted stoning, misunderstandings, and the fickleness of crowds. Despite these difficulties, they never lost faith in God’s guiding hand.

This passage teaches us valuable lessons about resilience and perseverance. Life can be unpredictable, and we may encounter unexpected obstacles, health issues, relationship difficulties, or career setbacks. Just like Paul and Barnabas, we must remain steadfast in our faith, knowing that God is with us through every storm.

When facing challenges, it’s tempting to become discouraged or give up. Acts 14 reminds us that setbacks are not the end of the story. Paul and Barnabas continued to preach the message of Christ and returned to encourage the believers they had met along the way.

Scripture reminds us that resilience is not just about enduring persecution but also about overcoming life’s obstacles with faith that God is with us.. As we encounter trials and setbacks, let us draw inspiration from Paul and Barnabas’s example, trusting that God’s grace and guidance will see us through, and that our resilience can be a powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness.

Let us pray:

Lord, we thank you for the example of resilience we find in Paul and Barnabas. Help us to face life’s challenges with the same faith and determination. May we trust in your guidance and find the strength to persevere, knowing that you are with us through every trial. Grant us the wisdom to learn from setbacks and the courage to continue spreading your love and truth. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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