Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
"Who will separate us from the love of the Christ?" (Romans 8:35)
If we are persecuted, we can be confident that Jehovah will be with us. (Romans 8:38, 39) In the open-air theater at Ephesus, Paul’s coworkers Aristarchus and Gaius faced a mob likely numbering into the thousands. The silversmith Demetrius had incited a riot because his profitable business was threatened by Paul’s preaching work. Aristarchus and Gaius probably expected to die, but the city recorder quieted the crowd. (Acts 19:23-41) If you had undergone such an experience, would you have sought a less challenging life? There is no indication that Aristarchus or Gaius lost courage. Being from Thessalonica, Aristarchus knew that proclaiming the good news could result in persecution. Sometime earlier, a riot had occurred when Paul preached there. (Acts 17:5; 20:4) Because Aristarchus and Gaius walked in Jehovah’s ways, they had God-given strength and courage to endure persecution.
(Watchtower issue: 02/15/08, 2:16, 17)