How fickle is the hearts of men

They entered the town on a mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. With bold authority they announced a Savior has come.  Then Paul performed a great miracle in the name of Christ. They were amazed. They proclaimed one Zeus and the other Hermes. They began to worship them and offer Sacrifices.  This man of God, called Paul fought them, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.”(Acts14:15) They would not listen and continued to worship him.  Then something strange happened. The enemies of the great Apostle Paul, coming from another town arrived and began to speak evil against him. What did they say?  Perhaps it sounded like this “He certainly is no God, he has the devil in him.  He is a blasphemer, whose only mission is to draw us away from our faith!” You must reject this liar. Stone him!”

These same men who sought to worship the Apostle now reached for stones, and if only their aim had not been so good. One stone after another hit the humble man of God, until he could stand no more and down he went and they shouted victory and dragged his beaten body out of town.  His brethren then surrounded him in mourning and despair. But death was not to be this day. For by the hand of mighty God this Apostle did awake. Many more would hear him preach and many more witness miracles by his hands.

This apostle would always know, fickle are the hearts of men who worship you now, and then soon after seek to stone you.  Better to seek the approval of God, who is forever faithful! Years later he would say “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)

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