Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Acts 24

The chief priests brought a lawyer to accuse Paul before the governor. Paul defended himself adequately enough that Felix wanted a second opinion and left Paul in prison with liberty. . . for two years.

Two years! I imagine Paul and God had some substantial conversations about that. Two years of his life he'll never get back. Surely there are better uses of your best apostle than leaving him languishing in prison, even if he does have some liberty. I think God must have been doing exactly what he meant to be doing. This delay, and no delay for that matter, is an accident with God.

During that time, Felix and his wife wanted to talk with Paul about faith in Jesus Christ. Paul spoke about righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment. The perfect choice of topics for a Gentile ruler. It was enough to make the governor afraid! Still, he brought Paul in often and spoke with him. I want to speak straight like that and do it in such a way people who don't like what I've got to say, want to speak with me frequently.

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