Morning Thought: God spoke through Paul and even used him to write much of the New Testament. He led many to faith and moved in miracles. Yet, many turned away from him in the province of Asia, deserting him in his greatest need. Popularity does not mean divine approval. Neither does rejection by people mean that God has removed his blessing.
In Paul’s trials, God used a family to make a difference: the household of Onesiphorus. While others ran away, they ran to Paul, refreshing him and actively serving. Phygelus and Hermogenes were prominent men, but the Holy Spirit forever records them as deserting Paul. On the other hand, Onesiphorus and his house are eternally remembered as helping Paul. Be like Onesiphorus, whose name means beneficial – one who brings an advantage.
“You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains (2 Ti 1:15–16, NIV).