One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent…”
In the midst of opposition and much frustration, Paul in many ways spits the dummy. “Whatevs, I’m sick of this! It’s not my fault if you don’t listen. You’re on your own…” He was trying desperately to convince the Jewish people of the revelation he had received that Jesus was the promised Messiah. His letter to the Romans in Chapters 9-11 shares some of Paul’s heart to see Jews come to belief in Jesus as the Christ and here his passions seem to get the better of him and it boils over in a mini-tantrum. But God himself grabs Paul’s attention in a dream and encourages him. God had not finished with Paul in Corinth just yet.
I’m not sure about you, but there’s been a lot of times in my ministry and Christian walk in general where I have, or certainly wanted to throw my hands in the air and say, “this is hopeless. I’m done.” I wish in those cases I’d get a similar vision to what Paul did. But in my case my encouragement from God comes through Godly people in my life reasoning with me and gently showing me Jesus in the midst of my frustration. Asking me the tough questions and speaking words of encouragement and life into my situation, God speaks to me through them – not necessarily through visions and dreams. God speaks mostly to me through reading scripture, meditating on his truth and through Godly counsel and wisdom. God is not done with me yet!
Lord, continue to give me the strength and conviction to share your love with my life, even when I feel like I’m hopeless, they’re hopeless, or the situation is hopeless. Amen.