Friday, February 16

Trust God and use your wits!

Scripture: Leviticus 26-27, Acts 23

Observation

Paul certainly trusted God to keep His promises and take care of him.  At the same time, Paul didn’t hesitate to use his wits, to use whatever legitimate and honest means he could to stay alive!

In Acts 22, when he is about to be beaten without a trial, he points out that he is a Roman citizen, and it was against the law to punish a citizen without a trial.

Here in Acts 23 when he sees that it is not going well for him before the Sanhedrin, he shrewdly announces he is a Pharisee, intentionally dividing the Sanhedrin between Pharisees and Sadducees.  Classic diversion!

Later, when his nephew overhears of a plot to kill Paul and tells him, Paul sends his nephew to alert the commander and foil the plot.  Paul uses the very people who arrested him to save his skin!

Application

Trusting God and using your wits are not mutually exclusive.  Jesus warned his disciples:

Matthew 10:16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

It’s a dangerous world, so trust God…and be shrewd!  This passage is a great example of that.

Prayer: Lord, help me trust you and use my wits!