“But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.” Acts 13:8
A crowd gathered around the ocean’s edge. A young man, string and kite in hand, launched both hope and apparatus into the air. A breeze, prayer, and release of the string – lift off! The daunting task still lay ahead, keeping the kite in flying motion. Each gust of wind provided elevation. As the breeze subsided, descent emanated. Tucking, pulling, and running in the proper direction – tricks of the trade for flying a kite. Tackling opposition leads to opportunities for success.
No wind, no kite.
The apostle Paul sailed to the island of Paphos. The governor called for a meeting with the famous teacher. He “sought to hear the word of God.” (Acts 13:6) The governor’s friend and companion, Elymas, hailed himself as a magician. His sorcery was laced with evil. His desire – keep the proconsul from faith in Jesus Christ. Paul, recognizing the opposition, called the wicked man out. As a gust of wind, the Spirit spoke through the apostle. Immediately a dark mist fell on the magician. Now blinded, his arrogance descended. He sought anyone who would lead him by hand. The governor, observing all, believed and accepted the teaching of the Lord.
We should not be surprised or shaken by opposition. Charles Spurgeon’s take on opposition sums up Paul’s encounter in a nutshell:
“Wherever there is likely to be great success, the open door and the opposing adversaries will both be found. If there are no adversaries, you may fear that there will be no success. A boy cannot get his kite up without wind, nor without a wind which drives against his kite.”
With each opportunity for success, opposition awaits. Learn to push through or hurdle over the obstacles. Today may be your kite flying day!