What I Read Today:
Ephesians 1: Luke 8; Ezekiel 38: Ecclesiastes7; 1 Kings 14
Paul wrote the book of Ephesians around 60 A.D., according to most scholars. In other words, Paul wrote the book of Ephesians while he was in prison in Rome. By the time of the writing of this book, Paul had been in jail for over two years and still faced at least another two years before he would be released.
Yet, in chapter 1, Paul would write one of the most incredible blessings found in all of scripture. He would start by saying that God blessed him with every spiritual blessing. I don’t know about you, but if I was sitting in a prison cell because someone filed false charges against me, I don’t know if I could say that God had blessed me.
Despite that, Paul would praise his God.
He also focused on the Ephesians. Remember, in Ephesus, he was forced out by a mob after, and a riot broke out. His teaching was putting a cramp in the style of the men who sold idols of the goddess Artemis.
Paul didn’t focus on his problems in prison. Instead, Paul focused on what was happening to the young church in Ephesus. Paul was writing to encourage, teach, and strengthen his people. His circumstances didn’t matter to him.
At the end of chapter 1, starting at verse 20, Paul ends by telling his young church that he was going to focus on Jesus. Paul knew that nothing happened without God’s loving hand. So, God was in control. He trusted that whether it was time for him to die or time for him to return to the active ministry, God would make that choice.
Paul would spend the rest of his life, focusing on spreading the word of Jesus. In our crazy world, that’s what we should focus on today! Jesus, only Jesus!