“Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.” Acts 9:31
It is hard to discern what led to the season of rest. Some say it resulted from the conversion of Saul. However, Saul wasn’t the sole source of persecution, as his own persecution testifies. Others say that the cause of rest resulted from political movements that diverted imperial policies away from the Christians.
Regardless, the churches enjoyed a season of relief. Scripture teaches that believers will enjoy seasons of ups and downs. The hard times prove and mature us, and the good times give us a break, allowing us to enjoy our blessings in calm meditation. The Israelites had to dig through rubbish in troublesome times when rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, but they later celebrated its completion while their enemies were stifled.
The principle is found in Ecclesiastes 7:14.
“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.”
The great lesson is that when we experience temporary gifts of rest from God, we should enjoy them, thank Him, and use that time wisely. However, we should remember that restful times do not last. As Adam Clarke said, “God has balanced prosperity and adversity against each other; and were it not so, how many would put the former in the place of God himself.”