Hiding from the mess.
Acts 17:8 “When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil”
Jason and some of the other new converts were before the city officials hearing a charge that they had shown hospitality to Paul and his team who were advocating another king other than Caesar.
On hearing this, the city and the officials went into panic mode. What would Caesar think when he got to know that Thessalonica had allowed a declaration of another King? More importantly, what would he do?
They are in turmoil because Paul and his team are in hiding. They cannot find them. They just see the evidence of them being there.
Hiding is the right decision at times.
Jesus hid. John 8:59 “At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds”
This may apply to only a few today. But maybe you have been on the front-line for too long and you need time out. Maybe actually it is dangerous for you and for others if you remain on show. The Spirit does call us at times to come aside and hide.
Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalm 143:9 “Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.”
Come aside from the mess and hide today.