It is truly hard to read some of the things that are reported in the book of Acts, things that we have read about in The Book of Acts. We have learned some of the ‘religious’ folk were wanting to have Paul tested by the chief priests and Jewish leaders. They wanted to have these things done to Paul because he was sharing The Way, the Way of redemption through Jesus Christ. The Lord had warned way back in the ninth chapter that “Paul must follow his call through many tribulations” including attempts on his life. We can read here in the 25th chapter that the Jewish leaders were trying to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem so that they may kill him along the road, to ambush him.
It seems that the more planned to happen to this man of God, the more that his God was looking out for him. What are we to learn from such threats and attempts to do away with the messenger of The Good News?! As hard as it is to read in the Good Book, the Bible, of the hardness of the human heart and to learn how learn that even those who were chosen must face, as Paul did, torture and death.
So what is it that we are to learn from such reports of human misunderstanding and evil thoughts? We can learn that as threats of pain and suffering, and even death, can be persuaded to stay away from those who are serving the purpose and The Way of God, that the blessing of God’s will sustain and keeps us.
This is my prayer for you, for me, and for everybody who trusts and serves our Heavenly Father’s Will and Purpose. As we walk with the Lord we no longer have fear, come whatever may be, for we know that God’s love, grace, and peace will keep us from all harm. God’s love is always with you, to hold you and comfort you and renew you. Paul’s story in the book of Acts gives the same assurance that God‘s Spirit is our constant Companion, who will keep us close in His love forever!
Thank You Heavenly Father, for having Your history recorded in the Good Book for our strength and comfort as we live out our tested lives. We are always renewed in Your Love, Grace, and Peace. We pray in the Goodness of Your Son, Jesus our Redeemer. Amen.