Once Paul had been a devout Jewish man trained at the foot of Gamaliel, a Palestinian teacher of oral Jewish law, who held a leading position in the Sandherin and enjoyed the reputation as a teacher of the Jewish law. Paul, the humble servant of Jesus, formerly was a prideful persecutor of Christians, and it would take drastic means to change him from persecutor to sufferer of Jesus Christ.
He confesses before becoming a believer, he was chief of sinners. To repeat his words,
“I thank Him who has given me strength, Jesus Christ, our Lord, because He judged me faithful and appointed me in his service. Though formerly I was a blasphemer. persecutor, and injurious, but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of God was exceeding abundant with faith and love in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief. “ 1Timothy 1: 15
Then Paul urges the believers to pray and make intercession for all people, including those in leadership that they might live a quiet and godly life in every way. He said this is good and pleases God who wants all to know the knowledge of truth, and says for Jesus’ sake he has suffered the loss of all things, in order to know Christ: that he may know Him and the power of His resurrection and share in His suffering. Not that he had attained, or become perfect, but was pressing toward that goal and he counts everything as loss, for the sake of Christ.
One thing that gives encouragement during my period of suffering is the belief God is allowing my adversities as a refining process to make my life more Jesus Christ; if I did not have that assurance, it would be almost unbearable. Thus far I don’t see the promised good which is promised, but I continue to pray and wait and my life was blessed today when I received a pretty card and arrangement of beautiful white roses from my other son and his wife.
My prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your abiding presence, and for sprinkling some blessings among my many adversities. I know You love me and pray for sufficient patience and grace to see the solution to my problems. I pray and thank You in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.