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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

April 14

... and came into the city and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch ...

Acts 14:20-21

Wrapping up their year-long tour which began in Acts 13, Paul and Barnabas doubled back on their return trip. In 2 Timothy 3:11, Paul made mention of Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, when he wrote of the persecutions and afflictions he suffered there.

In Antioch, he was expelled.
In Iconium, he narrowly escaped.
In Lystra, he was stoned.

The Lord delivered Paul out of all of these dangerous traps — but in each case it was in an entirely different way.

In Antioch, he was kicked out.
In Iconium, he caught wind of a plot.
In Lystra, he was left for dead.

I point this out because our tendency is to say, ‘If I’m going to get out of my dilemma, it must be in this way, or according to these ten steps.’ But God will not be boxed in by any program, agenda or formula. He has promised to deliver us (2 Corinthians 1: 10) — but He has not predicted how He’ll do it.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day's Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Day's Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament. If you would like your own copy of "A Day's Journey" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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