Bold But Patient
Acts 24 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul...
think about it.
Paul is answering charges against him in Caesarea; what are those charges (24:2-8)? How does Paul respond (24:10-13)? What are the key points of his confession (24:14-21)? If you were challenged, what would be your statement of faith?
Paul has now been sent off to Caesarea to appear before Felix, the Governor. He has an initial trial before Felix where he is again accused by the Jewish leaders. But Felix doesn't buy it. However, instead of deciding the case, he sends the Jewish leaders away and keeps Paul in custody...for a long time. Two years pass, Felix leaves office and Paul? Well, he's left sitting in prison. Now we know from what we've read so far in Acts that Paul is an active guy. He is constantly on the go and constantly preaching. So sitting in the same place with limited access to people for two years had to have been hard for him. Even so, what we see from Paul is patience.
Being patient is hard for me. I really struggle with being patience, especially when it involves doing work for the Lord. So how are you doing in the patience area? How do you work on developing patience? How has the Lord helped you in this area? Tami W.
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