Paul lived and preached in the immoral city of Corinth for 18 months. While there, he tried reasoning with and persuading both Jews and Greeks (Acts 18:4), but “they opposed him and blasphemed” (18:6). The gospel converted some (18:8) and was opposed by others (18:12). In the midst of this tumultuous time, the Lord spoke directly to Paul: “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you…” (18:9-10).
Do you ever feel opposed by those who reject the gospel? Do you ever feel like it would be better (and certainly easier) to just back away and keep silent? The words of Jesus to Paul are very similar to the words of Jesus to His disciples when He gave the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). May we always remember that when we are go out to tell others the good news about Jesus Christ that we do not need to be afraid, we do not need to be silent, but we need to keep on speaking, for the Lord is with us! What joy! What comfort! What motivation!