I Feel Like I’m Under House Arrest

Linda Fode
Oct 31 · 4 min read

and I have the right to be unenthused

Photo courtesy Like Stackpoole at Unsplash

Do you feel like you are under House Arrest ?

Maybe you are in a place of isolation coming from illness or aging or family circumstances.

Are you a young mother feeling trapped by the demands of pre-schoolers?

Has the current economic downturn put your career on hold? Are you a recent college grad who can’t get a job in your field?


Famous Church Planter Arrested

Such was the case in AD 57 for Paul, The famous apostle (church planter, preacher and writer ) was imprisoned for the last four years of his life.

For two of those years, Paul was chained night and day to a Roman guard in a cold prison cell. Talk about a captive audience!

The last two were spent under house arrest in Rome. His contact with others was limited. Visitors were few. Many who had supported him deserted him in his time of need.

His ministry as preacher and apostle was truncated.

He was aging. He knew that the time of his death was near.

His eyesight was failing. In some of his last letters that he wrote that all he could do was sign his signature.

His words were transcribed by others onto tablets (a precursor of the iPad) made of papyrus.

He was cold and tired and often alone. In one of his latter letters he pleads:

Come before winter. Bring my cloak and my books.


I would be tempted to become introspective. I would question God as to why: Why me? Why now? Why? Why? Why?

I would begin to doubt God’s call on my life.

Had I missed the mark so badly that He had to remove me?

I could easily fall into depression and bitterness.


Called

Paul knew that he was called to be an apostle. Called to be an authoritative messenger. He was sent to carry the the good news about a new way of living.

He brought a message of hope to a despairing world.

Paul’s call remained firm until the very end. Only the vehicle changed.


From prison Paul

  • established churches
  • exposed error
  • defended truth
  • mentored others
  • revealed our design and destiny as children of the Father
  • demonstrated how to live in relationship with Holy Spirit
  • wrote many of fourteen books of the New Testament

A Message Summarized in Two Words

From prison, Paul continued to preach and teach.

Word by word and line by line he wrote God Breathed words.

Paul knew isolation. He lived in a virtual world. All he had were his thoughts and his words.

Paul shared his heart, his struggles and his prayers through writing.

He encouraged, he exhorted, he challenged.

Paul revealed his needs and his longings.


Response from the recipients of his letters was limited and mostly anecdotal.

Paul, ageing and ill had to trust the abilities of others to transcribe his words written on papyrus.

His longed for others to experienceGrace and Peace’.

He demonstrated living as a child of God between salvation and destination.


The Bedrock of Our Faith

Paul’s words are the bedrock of the Christian faith throughout the ages.

His words were preserved with the same care as the writings of the patriarchs, prophets and psalmists.

Paul wrote in utter isolation, in pain and even in tears.

You and I are the fruit of his words.

Paul never knew what impact that an old man’s letters written from prison would have.

Even now in heaven, I suspect he doesn’t focus on his impact.

His shame is gone. All his regrets and failures are forgotten.

He sits with the millions and millions of those who have been changed eternally by his story and his writing.

Someday Paul will sit and have a long chat with you and with me.


Your Story

Do you feel like you are under ‘House Arrest’ ?

Maybe you are in a place of isolation coming from illness or aging or family circumstances.

Are you a young mother feeling trapped by the demands of pre-schoolers?

Has the current economic downturn put your career on hold? Are you a recent college grad who can’t get a job in your field?


Are you confused about God’s call on your life or maybe doubting that you heard Him correctly?

Let me give you this assurance from Gods Word .

For you are God’s own handiwork, His workmanship recreated in Christ Jesus, born anew, that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us; taking paths which He prepared ahead of time that we should walk in them ; living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live.

(Ephesians 2:10 AMP)

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

(2 Peter 1:3 NLT)


Today

  • You are right in the center of your destiny.
  • You were designed to do exactly what you have to do today.
  • You have everything you need to meet today’s problems.

A Question for You

How will you do life differently today because these verses are true?

Take time to sit quietly and read each verse slowly several times.

Write down the thoughts that occur to you as you read those verses.

Virtually yours

linda

( This article was first published in 2015 as H for House Arrest’ in a series called Ephesians A to Z. )

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Linda Fode

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Writer,content creator,mentor and motivational speaker. Inspiring others to have a real relationship with God in their everyday lives.

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