Paul Finds Comfort: Acts 18:9-11
“9) And the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; 10) for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” 11) And he settled there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.” Acts‬ ‭18‬:‭9‬-‭11‬ ‭
Paul had ample reason for concern had his mindset been on personal safety. He had been persecuted, attacked, stoned, beaten and thrown in prison. The enemy was trying to silence him. Fear of personal harm was beginning to take root in him. It was normal. He was only human.
But God is concerned for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual welfare of His servants. He spoke to Paul in a vision by night and assured him of his presence and protection. In Corinth he experienced a time of calm from intense opposition and persecution.
It is hard to imagine, but the Lord actually encouraged him to step it up a notch. He was admonished to “go on speaking and do not be silent.”
These are appropriate words for the modern church. These are days of the silent church. I have even heard eloquent messages on a “silent witness.” Try as I may, I cannot find chapter or verse in the Bible for that message. Certainly our walk must undergird our talk, but the gospel must be spoken. (See Romans 10:14-18)
God had many people in Corinth. Paul finally had a caring support network. He was surrounded by friends of the gospel. As a result, he took a year and six months and settled in Corinth.
What is the take away from these verses? This adds credence to the spiritual idiom that “God takes care of His own.” He is with us and He cares for us. He promises to never leave or forsake us. (See Matthew 28:20) The Great Commission ends with the promise of His care and presence.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global