And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. Acts 23:11 KJV

Having arrived in Jerusalem, the Apostle Paul was practically torn apart by an angry mob, arrested, and practically torn apart again in court. Others were in waiting, looking for the opportunity to put him to death. Though warned, if Paul was like most of us, he would have been discouraged by his circumstances. When we feel like that, we must remember the promise of Christ to never leave nor forsake us (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). That very night the Lord stood by Paul; that must have been encouraging. The Lord also assured him of further ministry. We often think the absence of difficulty is a sign of the Lord’s presence, but often His presence and purpose are revealed to us in the difficulties.

Lord, I am encouraged to know that You are always with me and will never forsake me. Sometimes I feel alone in the world and even while doing Your will, but to know You are always there makes all the difference.