Acts 18:7-8: The cloud lifts.
“7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshipper of God. 8 Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptised.”
God brings good out of bad. He rules and He overrules: ‘’And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’’ (Romans 8:28).How did Paul ‘’know’’ that? Well, surely experience was one of his best teachers? Here, in Corinth, it was not pleasant that ‘’the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive’’ (6), but God had a higher purpose. He turned it all for good.
When things didn’t work out in the synagogue, Paul ‘’went next door’’ where a gospel harvest took place (7,8). Although this did not signal a massive change of direction, it was a new departure. Apparent failure became the springboard to great success.
Don’t fear to follow ‘’the cloud’’ – and don’t fail to follow it – whenever it lifts (Exodus 40:36-38). When the Lord shows it’s time to move, maybe by force of circumstances, don’t hesitate to follow Him. Good things are to be had ‘’next door.’’
PRAYER: Lord, your guidance is such a real thing. Help me to stay in touch with your plans for my life