Daily Devotional – Tuesday October 17 2006
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
Paul’s dedication to his mission to spread the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ persists as he continues his journey. He deals with his accusers and those that can help him in the same confident manner. When Jesus confronted Paul on the Damascus road, he promised protection for Paul during his ministry. Paul believed. This confidence in the face of extreme danger kept him alive. He does not weaken and continues his work.
This confidence influences those around him. Paul is threatened by death by the Jews and he seeks protection from the Romans as is his right as a Roman citizen. Festus the Roman Governor suggests that Paul’s learning has made him mad to help explain away the complaint against him. Paul rejects this help and appeals to the king to judge him as is his right. The King rightly suggests that Paul is trying to “---make him a Christian”. Of course Paul agrees and states his intent to make all around him to be just like him except that they not be bound in chains. With this the King releases Paul to the protection of a centurion. Paul and his friends then embarked for Rome to fulfill his ministry.
This is yet another illustration of Paul’s total dedication to the task given to him by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This also illustrates how Jesus uses the Romans to provide the physical protection that Paul required and that Jesus had promised. The faith in this promise is never questioned. Paul acts with total confidence. Oh to be so confident! Where does it come from? My faith allows me some measure of this confidence as I deal with the world around me. It comes from knowing that I am loved and that I will be protected. I however must act in a manner acceptable to my God. Please Lord give me the strength and courage to allow your living presence to be seen by others through me. Let me be a confident witness of your reality.
John Dickie, October 17, 2006