Paul had many trials, hardships, faced death, was beaten and persecuted but these things did not discourage him. He delighted to do the Lord’s work. Like David, he could claim, “The Lord is my Helper. The Lord is the One who keeps me alive.”
God was with him throughout all these stormy times, helping and encouraging him–providing him with the strength he needed to overcome. God can do the same for us. He is our Shelter in times for storm.
We can gain courage from Paul’s experiences. He travelled a lot, sometimes to inhospitable regions, in storms. Life was hard for him. Travelling then was hard–not at all like now with all of its conveniences. Paul did not allow these hardships to hinder him from his work. He was able to finish the race and one day he will receive his crown.
Let this be our goal–serve God in spite of opposition, keeping our eyes on the prize–eternal life with our Lord–finishing the race and one day receiving our crowns. We want to hear our Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant; Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:21).