Saturday, October 26

Time and desire

Scripture: Job 17, Acts 24-26

Observation/application

Two things strike me today.

First, Paul was left in the prison in Caesarea under Felix’s control for two years!  (Acts 24:27). Why would God let this happen?  This is like benching your best player in the middle of the season for no reason.  Why leave Paul in prison for two years (this was actually just the beginning—his imprisonment lasted much longer)?  Obviously, God sees this much differently than I do!  He sees the long view, and I’m focused on the short view.  His view of time is very different from mine.  Maybe I shouldn’t freak out about short term results, and trust that God knows what He is doing in the long run!  

Second, Paul’s deep desire was for everyone to know Jesus.  Acts 26:28-29 Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.”  29 And Paul said, “I would wish to God, that whether in a short or long time, not only you, but also all who hear me this day, might become such as I am (a Christian), except for these chains.”  Paul used every opportunity to tell people about Jesus and encourage them to believe and follow.  This was his driving motivation: to help others find and follow Jesus.  He was so motivated that rather than pleading his case for release from jail, he tried to lead Agrippa to Jesus!  I want that same heart and passion!

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the reminder to trust You when things aren’t moving as quickly as I’d like.  And give me that same passion that Paul had—a desire for everyone I meet to find and follow Jesus!