This morning as I was reading Acts 14 this verse moved me. I made note of it in my journal and specifically the part “through many persecutions”.
Acts 14:22 – They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions.”
After I finished my Bible reading, I picked up “How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home” and a few pages later it referenced the exact same verse. It was discussing the exact same section regarding persecutions. I do not find these types of things to be coincidental. So the first question I ask is: Am I about to go through some persecution? Of course this is not something I am really worried about but it is also not something I will seek out. There could be many lessons to learn but this is obviously the first thought in my mind.