Acts 16:18 Why He Waited?

Acts 16:18 (KJV)
And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

I by no means wish to cast aspersion upon the Apostle; I only desire to make applications based on my personal ministry observations.

The Bible says that the damsel possessed followed Paul and distracted his ministry with her “cries” for many days. The Bible further says that after many days Paul, being grieved, turned, and commanded the spirit to come out of her. Perhaps it took these many days before the Holy Spirit gave Paul liberty to give this command. I do not know. What I do know is that for many days

  • The evil spirit continued to possess the damsel and to vex the ministry of Paul
  • Paul was forced to persist in his ministry, dealing with this evil spirit’s pressure and grief.
  • Those Paul preached to were subjected to the harassment of the evil spirit

Had Paul turned and commanded the spirit to come out of her the first day

  • The damsel would have been free sooner
  • Paul would have less stress sooner
  • His audience would have been protected more quickly

Why he waited many days is a mystery. The Bible does not say, and I would not question Apostle Paul. I do know that in the years I’ve been in the ministry, I have, too many times, waited longer to confront an evil than I think I should have.

Seldom do those I need to confront turn on their own. Very often, the problems I had hoped to avoid by waiting happens nonetheless.

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Acts 16:18 Why He Waited?

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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