Happy Thursday! Yesterday, we discussed how God comes through even when the odds are against us. The Apostle Paul was in a situation where men were plotting to kill him, but God had other plans. He used a young man to expose the plot. Join me today as we continue to read on the Apostle Paul’s situation in Acts chapter 23.
“19 The commander took his hand, led him aside, and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”
20 Paul’s nephew told him, “Some Jews are going to ask you to bring Paul before the high council tomorrow, pretending they want to get some more information. 21 But don’t do it! There are more than forty men hiding along the way ready to ambush him. They have vowed not to eat or drink anything until they have killed him. They are ready now, just waiting for your consent.”
22 “Don’t let anyone know you told me this,” the commander warned the young man.” – Acts 23:19-22 NLT
Sisters and brothers, the Apostle Paul was in a difficult and frightening situation. I’m certain he did not know how God was going to come through for him. Paul and those who loved him probably spent hours in prayer on his behalf.
Paul’s nephew had a great task. He happened to be in the right place at the right time to hear the plot against his uncle Paul. He had to be brave and courageous in order to expose the plot. Do you think he struggled with sharing what he heard? Do you think he was nervous when he went before the commander with what he heard? While we don’t read the answers to my questions in these verses, I am sure a human element of fear or questioning entered his thoughts, but he exposed the plot anyway.
Sisters and brothers, God will call you to act on behalf of others, to expose lies and to share the truth. There will be times when you are called to take the high road when everyone else is on the other road doing what seems fit in their own eyes. Humbly and courageously take the high road and respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and leading. The Lord has put you in the perfect position to be used for His perfect plan, don’t miss an opportunity to be used by God. What task is the Lord calling you to? __________
Whatever that task is,, continue to pray for your sisters and brothers in the faith. Pray for those who don’t know Jesus. Be bold and brave wherever, whenever and however the Lord desires to use and send you. Trust Him.
Father God thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for seeing us when we could not see our own value. Lord, thank you for your word that says we are precious in your sight. Lord, transform our hearts and align our thoughts to yours. Lord, give us eyes and boldness to stand firm in our belief in you and your word. Lord, we want to live for you and trust in you – in all of our situations. Lord, be with those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Lord, calm their brokenhearts and give them your perfect peace. Lord, we pray for those struggling financially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and ask for you to provide for each of their needs. Lord, while the holidays are upon us we know COVID-19 has put a wrench in our plans and emotions. Lord, today I ask that you help us to remain focused on the reason for the season. Lord, that even in our desire to do what we deem fit, that you give us discernment on how to safely celebrate your birthday and the other holidays. Lord, let it be a time of renewed faith and commitment to you. Lord, we know you are with us today – will you help us to feel your presence like no other time before? Pour out you peace in our homes, our hearts and our minds. In Jesus name, amen.
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