In Acts 14:19-20 it read, "Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. But as the believers Greek disciples; also in 14:22, 28. gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe." Paul was preaching in Lystra and in verse 8 looked straight at a crippled man from birth. He told him to, "Stand up." He got up and walked. The town started to worship him. They thought Barnabas was Zeus and Paul was Hermes.
Of course, Paul tried to convince them that they were not gods. Some Jews arrived from Antioch and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul thinking he was dead. Can you image what Paul must have felt? He was physically stoned to the point of death for doing what God called him to do. For sharing the good news that a Savior has come and wants you. He must have had internal and external bleeding. He was lying there. At first alone, in pain, and not moving, since they thought he was dead. He took a massive physical beating. The man who was healed didn’t stand up for him or stop the crowd. The crowd went from loving and worshiping him to stoning him. Not only did he take a physical stoning, he took an emotional stoning. He was doing what God called him to do and went from being worshipped to hated.
Sometime emotional beating hurt worst. It can cause us to doubt our calling, our abilities, and even lead to quieting. As Women leaders, we have taken some stoning too. We have been loved, liked and even maybe worshipped in the roles we hold or held. Sometimes we don't even know what happened that turned the love into hate. We've experienced the joy and pain of serving God's people. I wanted to encourage you from verse 20. BUT AS THE BELIEVERS GATHERED AROUND HIM (PAUL), HE GOT UP AND WENT BACK TO TOWN. This blessed me.
This reminds us that God does not leave us alone. The disciples gathered around him and he got up, then went back to town. He went back to doing what God called him to do. It doesn't tell us how the disciples helped him. It is clear that the Holy Spirit wants us to know that God sent His children to help His child. God could have strengthened and healed Paul without the disciple’s presence. Instead, God wants us to see that Paul was strengthened by God through the disciples. God surrounds us, Women of Destiny, with other disciples so we can be strengthened to do the work of ministry in the domain of societies that God has called us to work. Let's Stand together and continue to encourage one another.