May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus. (2 Timothy 1:16,18 NIV)
Through Paul’s eyes, we see thoughts penetrate as death approaches. He writes a second letter to encourage Timothy. Everyone deserted him in the Province of Asia, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. Disappointment heavy on Paul’s heart, identified these two individuals with a resounding, especially these two. Are you wondering what took place? I am a little curious. We do not have this information, yet we have been found on one or both sides of this situation. As we mature in Christ, hopefully, we are better equipped to limit this kind of outcome. Thankfully, Paul moves on to positive thoughts. A good point for us today.
Onesiphorus made a lasting impression upon Paul in a different way. He engaged himself as a key source of strength for Paul. While in Rome, he searched for Paul until he found him. Onesiphorus was persistent. He did not run away in fear. Paul’s chains did not bother him. Scripture states he helped Paul in many ways while in Ephesus. Many times refreshing comes through other people. We can help build people up or tear down. What kind of impact do we want to make? How do we want to be remembered?
During this week’s blogs we discussed ways to refresh. First, we remembered Esther’s twelve month beauty regime to refresh. All beauty treatments were part of God’s plan. Her purpose was to save the Jews, her obedience led her to be Queen. Next, refresh will come from the Lord after we repent and our sins are wiped away. Finally, today we choose our course of actions. We can be a source of refresh to others or be remembered for disappointment. Let’s pray God’s path to a time of refresh for each one. Should God choose to refresh you through twelve months of beauty treatments, do not doubt. There will be a greater purpose to grasp. If the Holy Spirit’s nudge urges you to repent, do not dismiss. God’s blessings for obedience far out reach over whatever sin web satan has you caught. If you are reading this right now, you are not here by accident. God has a time of refresh for you!