Saturday, May 29
Not Our Plan
Acts 25:23-26:32 So, on the next day when Agrippa came together with Bernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium accompanied by the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in...
think about it.
What is Paul's great desire (26:29)? Does your testimony reflect a desire for others to know Christ as you do?
I loved the way Paul defended himself before King Agrippa. Paul was certainly bold, as is typical of him, but this presentation was also passionate. As I read, I could almost hear Paul's voice full of emotion and energy and enthusiasm because he was proclaiming Christ. Preach it Paul!!!
But what really caught my attention today were the statements by Festus and Agrippa acknowledging Paul's innocence. Festus, "'I have found that he had done nothing deserving death.'" (25:25). King Agrippa, "'This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment'" (26:31). (See also 23:29 where the Roman Tribune came to the same conclusion.) So it may seem a little odd that Paul wasn't released. Until you factor God into the equation.
So when our plans are falling apart, when things are happening that just don't make sense to us, how do we keep in mind that God is in control, He knows exactly where we're at, what's happening and, oh yes, He's got us covered? Tami W.
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