June 9/Acts 25

Chapter 24 ended with these words, “he left Paul in prison.” Dr. Mark made a challenging statement in yesterdays blog when he said, “What are you doing with your time?” Because of his situation Paul could have become discouraged, frustrated and discontented with his situation. After all he was Apostle Paul! He was living with a clear conscience before God. He was walking in obedience to God. He loved God. He was a witness for God wherever he went. He had suffered many things for God. He had done nothing wrong and yet he was in jail! He could have said, “This just isn’t fair God.” He didn’t have a pity party, he didn’t feel sorry for himself, he just kept being a witness for Jesus.

If Paul would have responded to this difficult circumstance with frustration and discontent his response would have been no different from the responses of unbelievers who never factor God into their situations. Paul believed that God was sovereign; that God was in control. He believed that this was part of God’s overall plan for his life. He knew that God does nothing or allows nothing without purpose. The purpose is ultimately for God’s glory and our good.

Psalm 139:16 (NLT) — 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT) — 31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Romans 8:28 (NLT) — 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (NLT) — 16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Job 2:10 (NLT) — 10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong. (My underlining)

Here is the question we need to ask ourselves. What am I doing with my time? If you believe that God is sovereign and that your times are in his hands then you will accept your situation and circumstance; whether it is a disability, a sickness, a lack of finances, a dead end job, an unappreciative employer, unemployment, ungrateful parents or children, a put down by someone you trusted, etc. and you will look to see how you can bring honor and glory to God in the situation or circumstance. You respond in this way because you know that God allowed this for his glory and your ultimate good! Otherwise you are acting just like an unbeliever who never acknowledges God in his or her life. You have now moved from the attitude of a ‘victim’ to an attitude of a ‘follower’ of Jesus. In acceptance lies peace. If you are not sure how to honor God in your situation ask the Holy Spirit he is an expert in everything.

Verse 19 > Like Paul we must live like Jesus is alive! Otherwise we will be left behind in a prison of our own making.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Once again Paul correctly asserts that he has done nothing wrong as regards Jewish law. Jesus also asserted that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. The main point of the hew covenant was that we are saved by grace, not by acts, but that God still expects us to live in accordance with his law. The old covenant was one of acts like circumcision, whole the new covenant is one of grace and faith. Paul knew that God did not plan for him to be killed on the way to Jerusalem and therefor put his case in the court in Rome. At the end of the chapter Festus and King Agrippa are trying to determine what to charge Paul with. This reminds us of the saying “If you were put on trial for your faith would there be enough evidence to find you guilty?”

  2. Alice Broyles says:

    🙂