and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
I had the honour to listen to Nicky Cruz give his testimony in Dunfermline one night, the huge church had standing room only. Most of those present were young folk keen to hear what this former New York gang member had to say about Jesus. The effect of his testimony was powerful resulting in hundreds of young lives brought into the kingdom; it was all hands on deck as every believer was called to counsel sobbing souls in every corner. God was present and using His servant Nicky’s bold story to win souls.
In our text today Paul and Timothy had a bold story to tell to any who would listen, while they were in prison for Jesus. Their story had a powerful effect on the soldiers and their guards. Nicky Cruz was saved from a sinful life, Paul and Timothy were imprisoned by sinful men. In both cases the power of God shone brightly out of the darkness, sharing His loving Gospel encouraging their listeners. The testimony of an individual out of adversity is inspiring to all who listen to it; it emboldens them as they hear the Good News.
Dear reader, be not disheartened by the storm in your life. Learn the lesson of the disciples, Paul and Timothy, and Nicky Cruz; fear not the storm – Jesus is Lord of the storm! Be emboldened in your testimony despite the storm. Through it He can shine His Light on the lost, saving them from their own storm.