Have you ever thought while you are in a battle that you are all alone? Elijah felt that way, and God told him in no uncertain terms that he was failing to see the big picture. God had seven thousand other faithful people of whom Elijah was unaware.
Still, when you are in pain, especially the inner pain related to oppression or persecution, knowing others care is comforting. When you are in bonds, prison or legal problems, seeing a friendly face that is still friendly in spite of your troubles is comforting beyond words.
Paul had such an experience when he was being escorted to Rome for trial. Luke records the incident in Acts 28:15:
“And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage.”
When the Brethren heard of Paul’s trouble they came to him while he was in chains.
If you know experientially how Paul must have felt, you understand the miracle involved in actually seeing a friendly face at that point. He was not met outside the courthouse having been vindicated, but on the way to such a place. His Brothers in Christ were not ashamed of his chains. Wow!
Can you think of someone in trouble who would take courage at the sight of your face? Why are you waiting? Go, call, write. Now!
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly