“Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” 
Acts 23:11 

The apostle Paul was in a Roman dungeon for his faithfulness to the gospel. But one night, Jesus Christ paid him a visit: But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” (Acts 23:11) Jesus was revealing to the great apostle that he was more than aware of his situation. Just because he was in a prison didn’t mean that God had lost track of him.

  I remember reading a story about this minister who came to visit John Bunyan, the minister who wrote Pilgrim’s Progress, in prison. He told Bunyan, “Friend, the Lord sent me to you, and I have been seeking for you in half the prisons in England.” “No, that cannot be,” Bunyan said “For if the Lord had sent you to me, you would have come here at once, for He knows I have been here for years.” …

   Jesus is there with us in our “prisons,” as well. For some people, it is a literal jail cell they are in because they have broken the law.

Yet, as they have asked for God’s forgiveness, Jesus is with them there in that prison cell.

  Maybe you are in a different kind of prison right now, the prison of a hospital bed. You would love to get up and just walk out, but you can’t. Even so, Jesus is there in that hospital room, convalescent home, or room in their home, saying, “Be courageous. You are not alone, and I am fully aware of your suffering.”

   Perhaps it is a prison cell of mourning, because of the loss of a loved one through death. Whatever or wherever your prison is, Jesus is there with you now. Jesus also knows what lies ahead. That is why He came to Paul in this hour of need, because He knew he would need this special touch.

  Paul was not really privy to what was going on all around him at this point. He did not know that 40 men had taken an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul! Sometimes, ignorance can be bliss.

Many times, it’s really a good thing that we don’t know all that is swirling around us in both the supernatural and natural realm.

   God reveals to us as much as we need to know, and when we need to know it. Not necessarily more and certainly not less, but what we need to know at that moment in time. Your troubles, though unexpected, did not come as a surprise to God.

   The military has a term it uses for sensitive information. If it is necessary for you to know something, it’s on a “need-to-know basis.” In the same way, God gives us what we “need to know,” when we need it.

   Remember… The Lord knows our suffering. The Lord knows our pain. The Lord has it planned for us because He loves us. I cannot answer the question of why we suffer… Why this had to happen now… Why that has to happen to… But, all I can offer is advise… The Lord has the answer before the question is asked. The Lord knows what trails He’s planned for us. Be patient in your hard times. The ram will be provided to you before you know it.

Brother Jonathan 

Do you have something on your mind and need a prayer? Then, please write me now and tell me about it. I am here for you!

  2008-2011 © Brother Jonathan, All rights Reserved!
It is unlawful to copy, redistribute or edit this publication without the express written permission from Brother Jonathan

  1. Ron Huttar says:

    I don’t normally comment on blogs.. But nice post! I just bookmarked your site

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s