He got back up

Are you feeling down? Have you stumbled and fallen? Is your face eating the dust of the ground? Do the barriers seem insurmountable? Get up and go forward!

But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and after winning the crowds over, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back into the city. On the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.
Acts 14:19-20 NET

In Iconium, Paul and Barnabas barely escaped. They fled the city to avoid stoning.

Now, in Lysta, Paul is stoned by the Jews and left for dead. So convinced are they of his death, they drag him out of the city. Let the dogs and vultures feast on his cadaver!

But Paul gets up.

Was there some miracle here? There’s no note of it, and Luke usually mentions it when there’s a miracle.

Miracle or not, the fact that Paul gets up and goes forward, returns to the city, continues his preaching trip, says everything about his commitment never to give up in the service of Christ.

It wasn’t a miracle that made him get up, but rather his mettle. No signs and wonders. Just love and a will of steel.

At some point in life, others will discard us and leave us for dead.

We can throw in the towel or get up and dust off the dirt from the body.

We can die on the beach or get back in the fight.

We can give up or get up, refusing to call it quits.

Father who sees all and uses all for your plan, come infuse me with the strength of will to keep from being thrown down, to keep me doing all your will. In Christ, amen.

Hold this thought: Although a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again (Proverbs 24.16 NET).

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J. Randal Matheny

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