A Convenient Time
Today’s Reading: Acts 24-25
Key Verse: Acts 24:25
Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
Paul was a Jew and also a Roman citizen. Such a prisoner would usually be under house arrest, not in a dungeon. The Roman centurion, Cornelius, his family and friends had been the first non-Jews to believe in Jesus (Acts 10). No doubt there were many Christians in this city who would care for Paul with food and housing, meeting his needs. We might become impatient with two years in which our movements were restricted, but not Paul. He was content to wait for God’s timing. He knew there were thousands more to win for Jesus, but there he sat. But, praise God he was not idle. God used this ‘down period’ in Paul’s life to give the world Romans and Galatians.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You know how impatient I’ve been in my “so called” retirement years. Now, You have given me an opportunity to write this devotional. Please give me grace to get out of bed at 4 a.m. for reading Your Word, spending time in prayer and learning how to use a lap-top computer. May these words and pictures be a blessing to many. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Think of it. Instead of thousands who could have been blessed by Paul’s personal ministry instead of him sitting under house arrest, there are millions who are blessed by the books of Romans and Galatians that appear to have been written during this time. Luke, Paul’s traveling companion, had two years to interview shepherds in Bethlehem, believers in Jesus in the Galilee, and dozens of people who knew Jesus personally. God could have released Paul to freedom as He had done before in Philippi. Paul’s witness for Christ to two Roman governors and to the Jewish puppet-king Agrippa was in God’s plan. Do you know someone who is waiting for a more convenient time to receive Christ? I do. Let us press for a decision now while there is still time.
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