There isn’t an apostle in the New Testament that was more routinely beaten, jailed, and ridiculed than Paul. He was originally named Saul before his Damascus conversion. And one could argue that by the same token, there is no other apostle in the New Testament who was more courageous under tremendous fire of persecution.
Think about the amazing peace Paul had during many beatings and imprisonments; it is truly remarkable and only possible through His knowledge of and relationship with Christ.
Christ wants to use our circumstances to remind us how much we should trust Him more…and how little we really do trust Him when it comes right down to it.
We usually don’t trust God until we have no other choice.