DAY 18 – The Great Escape
READ: Acts 21:30-31, 35-36 & Acts 22:22 & Acts 23:10-13, 19-24, 31-33
Even though safely back in Jerusalem with his fellow disciples, Paul and his message still managed to rile up the crowds. Ironically, the Romans in charge of the area not only arrested Paul in order to protect him, they arranged a rather dramatic escape. The plan called for 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen and 200 spearmen to whisk Paul away in the dead of night. Paul ‘s capture and disappearance may have seemed tragic to some, but the overall plan was to get Paul closer to Rome and in touch with a brand new audience: people of power and prestige, and even some royalty (who would soon hear Paul’s testimony first hand).
How does this apply to me? Even when our message or beliefs may anger or upset people, we shouldn’t back down. Though it’s easy to fear men, God’s plan and His timing are more powerful. In the end, the very problems or circumstances that arise when we hold firm may in fact be the very situations that God is orchestrating in order to bring us closer to people who may not otherwise have contact with The Good News. Don’t be afraid to stand strong. You never know where it may lead.
Acts 23:11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
Praying Together: Let’s ask The Lord to help us not back down when we are attacked for our beliefs. May we be willing to see that the trials we face may in the end may be the very keys that open doors to those who need to hear His Word.