With All Confidence
“And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.” Acts 28:30-31
After all the things that the Apostle Paul endured, being whipped, imprisoned, close to death many times by both the Jews and the Romans, stoned and actually left for dead, shipwrecked three times, stranded at sea, threatened everywhere he went by men of all those nations (even other professing Christians) as he travelled, being tired and in pain, hungry and thirsty, yet fasting often, and always focusing on the church above himself (II Cor 11:23-28), he was able to go exactly where the Holy Spirit brought him to testify for Jesus. Paul was blessed to preach the gospel for two years, freely to all who would be brought by the Spirit. And as the text reads, he did so with all confidence.
Paul had the confidence of Christ within him (Eph 3:11-13) brought by the very trials he had endured. Paul knew to Whom he owed his everything. God had done a miracle in his life, changing the way he viewed the world, turning a Pharisee into a true man of God, earnestly chasing after Jesus. Every step of the way, God was doing the work through Paul. All Paul did was obey.
It was in the obeyance and simple trust of God that his testimony was built, and the same is true for our own. We need to simply trust God to assist us with the lives He has entrusted to us. When we fully surrender, like Paul did, we will be able to look back at our walk and show others God in our lives. When we show them what God has done in our lives, we will have that same confidence in Him that He will fulfill His Promises in those to whom we speak. So…
Trust God. Follow Jesus with your whole heart, having surrendered your own desires to claim the desires of God as your own. Walk with Him in faith, like Enoch, and gain that very confidence in the Lord that Paul claimed.
“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Peter 1:16