Friday, August 19, 2005

Acts 24:24-25:12

In this reading we find Paul waiting in prison. He is in Caesarea and is on trial. In our busy lives we often find it hard to wait, even in a checkout line as we are buying things in the material abundance we enjoy. Paul here had to wait for over two years for his trial before governor Festus. Perhaps he was under house arrest, but he was not free to travel to spread the Gospel. What he was free to do, however, was do one thing he loved; to talk about Jesus. This he did for 2 years; talk to governor Felix about Jesus.

No matter what situation we find ourselves in, in life, no matter what we are waiting for, we can pray for chances to talk about Jesus. I like the references where Paul speaks about nothing in his life mattering except Jesus (Phil. 3:7ff). Paul must have been so happy to talk about Jesus as he went before the officials. God kept protecting Paul, as He did again in this instance from ambush by the Jewish leaders.

Also Paul had the support of his friends during this time (24:23). Paul is always careful in his letters to thank his friends in the faith. I wonder who I can support today with kind words and prayers. I am so thankful for you, my Christian friends. Thank you for helping and supporting me.

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