Beloved, the Apostle Paul had just had two glorious opportunities to present the Gospel blown up in his face. Having spoken before a group of Jews and then before the Sanhedrin, he was now faced with doubt and fear.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Paul sat alone in his jail cell that night, with his head in his hands and tears streaming down his face, mourning the lost opportunities for God and how he might have spoiled them. Paul probably wondered if God would ever want to use him again, or if this was the end.
But remember, though Paul was alone, he wasn’t alone; because if everyone else forsook him, Jesus was enough. Better to be in jail with the Lord than to be anywhere else without him. Paul had been miraculously delivered from jail cells before; but this time, the Lord met him right in the jail cell.
The Lord knew that Paul needed encouragement. Beloved, the Lord knows when you need encouragement. So, TAKE COURAGE that the Lord will stand with you in your time of need!