By: Steve Negley

Posted: September 11, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

Acts 16:1-5

16 Paul[a] went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers and sisters in Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and had him circumcised because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went from town to town, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily.

Sometimes along the road in life we meet a friend who becomes a companion. According to his own writings (I and II Timothy) Paul knew Timothy’s family. And, knowing his Christian convictions, Paul wanted Timothy to join with Silas in sharing the Gospel. After some preparation, they travelled together, from town to town, and as they shared what the apostles and elders had discussed and decided, the churches were strengthened in faith and they grew in numbers.

Could Paul have made the journey without these companions? We’ll never know. It was his good fortune to travel with friends.


God, I thank you for the people I have met along the way whom I count as friends and companions. I treasure how they have made the journey memorable. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.