I was on the phone earlier talking with a representative from Wordsearch (wordsearchbible), a Bible Software Company with headquarters in Austin, TX. He was giving me pertinent information relative to a new set of digital commentaries by Rod Mattoon.
While reading Mr. Mattoon's treatment of the above verse, I was arrested by his reference to a single page in John Wesley's journal. It reads:
Sunday P.M., May 5—Preached at St. John's; deacons said, "Get out and stay out."
Sunday A.M., May 12—Preached at St. Jude's; can't go back there either.
Sunday P.M., May 12—Preached at St. George's; kicked out again.
Sunday A.M., May 19— Preached at St. Somebody Else's; deacons called special meeting and said I couldn't return.
Sunday P.M., May 19—Preached on the street; kicked off the street.
Sunday A.M., May 26—Preached out in a meadow; chased out of meadow when a bull was turned loose during the service.
Sunday A.M., June 2—Preached out at the edge of town; kicked off the highway.
Sunday P.M., June 2—Afternoon service, preached in the pasture; 10,000 people came.
- Mattoon's Treasures from Treasured Psalms, Volume 1
Mr. Mattoon further stated that "there is consistency in the life of the godly man. He is not up and down all the time. Life does not wither away the person of godly character because he draws his strength from the Lord." John Wesley drew his strength from God in difficult trials.
I don't know about you, but it blessed me so, I had to share it with you. The resiliency and rewards of God's people rest in the hands of Almighty God and our faithfulness to His word.