I don’t know about you, but I have faced unpleasant situations in my life. Specifically, individuals whom I’ve relied upon broke and hampered my trust. It’s a painful experience one could never forget, and it takes the grace and patience of God to mend it all back together again.

But there are special people in our lives that we can look back from our past and say they have not let us down. Apostle Paul had such a case. After his conversion, Saul, now named Paul, was a wanted man as shown in Acts 9: 

23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

The Bible does not name the disciples that helped Paul escaped but we know that they were faithful parties who at the time of need held the rope for Paul despite the risk to their lives. 

Reading further, we’ll see that Paul did not have many friends: 

26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

Despite the challenges, the disciples, as mentioned earlier, was there for the apostle. Because of their courage, they played a significant role in assisting Paul with his ministry and helping him to become a powerful soldier for Christ.

I am so thankful for the rope-holders in my life! May God bless those that stayed up late hours praying on my behalf for my salvation. It’s because of their prayers I am saved today! The rope-holders of today is the reason I am still standing.

What about you? Do you have any rope-holders in your life you need to thank? Perhaps you are the one holding the rope. Don’t let it go! God will give you the strength to hold on and haul that weary soul to a safe harbor.