Embedded so deeply you would just about miss it, Paul meets Phoebe in Cenchrea while making a vow.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is a time of preparation to celebrate the most momentous event in earth’s history since the creation itself.
When Paul was at his lowest, flat broke, homeless, utterly alone, and his spirits fallen, God was there to provide in six significant ways.
Usually we don’t think of apathy and disinterest as opposition, but it is, perhaps the strongest kind. In fact, it nearly undid Paul.
For Gomer this felt like total deprivation, and yet it was the very best thing for her, as Hosea wooed her back to himself. Allowing God to allure me, when I sense I am in the wilderness, letting Him speak tenderly to me, allowing this time alone with God to be enough makes these wilderness times turning points in my life.
Luke, in all the rough and tumble of Paul’s missions trip, had been recording a very interesting development with particular implications for the 21st century church…
The believers at Thessalonica were to become among Paul’s most beloved friends and supporters, a living model to all the surrounding area of what it meant to belong to Jesus and live by faith.
When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him,
“Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.”
So Hosea married Gomer daughter of Diblaim.
God sometimes allows something to happen, to put us in the position to be ready for the next step. Paul’s willingness to trust and accept even the really hard steps God took him through, the church at Philippi was establish—the only church Paul consistently received help from throughout his career.
One thing I am getting to learn about Paul, he loved powerful women, and he included them whenever he could in God’s great work.