The Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Don’t be afraid, but speak and don’t be silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many people in this city.”
Paul had come to Corinth from Athens. In the three previous cities, Paul had faced severe persecution from the Jews. The Jews were inciting mobs, attempting to intimidate Paul. The Jews even followed Paul to the cities he visited, trying to silence him.
Paul had just tired reaching out to the Jews in Corinth. But they drove him away with abuse and insults. Today’s verse comes from the night after Paul was cast out of the Jewish synagogue.
This promise from God was a sign that Paul should stay and preach boldly. He stayed for a year and a half. Finally the Jews became weary of the little Christian church growing and dragged Paul before in front of the Roman governor, Gallio. The Jews accused Paul of having people worship differently than their laws.
Even before Paul had a chance to speak, the pagan Roman governor threw the case out because he didn’t care about the Jewish religion. Gallio was one of the people God used to protect Paul.
God has people in many places and circumstances. We may feel like we are completely alone at times. But God is always with us. He always has people that He can send to help us. As long as we walk with God’s leading, we will be secure.
God, please help me to follow Your leading. Surround me with Your Holy Spirit and with Your people. Help me to speak out boldly for Your gospel. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.