February 16, 2020: SOAP #3727: Leviticus 26-27; Acts 23 Scripture: Acts (NIV) 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.” 23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready a detachment […]
February 16, 2020: SOAP #3727: Leviticus 26-27; Acts 23
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 23:11 The following night the Lordstood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me inJerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
23 Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them, “Get ready adetachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmento go to Caesarea at nine tonight. 24 Provide mounts for Paul so that he may betaken safely to Governor Felix.”
Observation: Itis interesting to me how God used the Roman government for His glory. First, the tax that brought Joseph and Maryto Bethlehem. The crucifixion (Acts4:28). The arrest of Paul by the Romans protected Paul from the Jews. The peace of the Rome (Pax Roma) allowed Paulto move freely to spread the gospel. Thelater imprisonment of the Romans gave Paul the impetus to write much of the NewTestament as letters to churches. And the Roman government provided Paul'stransportation to Rome where God told him he would go.
Application: Application: I must always walk in faith that God can provide for me to do what Hehas assigned me to do. He can, and Hewill, and He does! We do not read ofPaul's complaining because God used wooden ships and a Roman escort to get himto Rome. At that time, it was the bestmode of transportation. In the past Godused the US Navy; now God is using school bus driving and the internet toprovide for His will in my life.
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, I trust you to take care of me and provide for me. Your ways are much higher than my ways. I know I can count on Your Faithfulness. Amen
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