Opportunities provided by limitations!
February 21, 2020: SOAP #3732: Numbers 8-9; Acts 28
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 28:16 When we got to Rome, Paul wasallowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him
30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomedall who came to see him. 31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached thekingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Observation: Thisverse gives another parallel between Paul and an Old Testament character. Moses was provided a place of safety to growin Pharaoh's house, the very Pharaoh who ordered the killing of all the Israelitebaby boys. Here in the New Testament wefind that the government that conducted the crucifixion of Jesus rescued Paulfrom those who wanted to kill him. ThenRome kept him safely in jail for two years. And above we read that as a prisoner of Rome, for two more years, Paul,in his own rented house, and with a soldier to guard him, welcomed all who cameto see him!
The opposition Paul had faced on his missionary journeys was gone! He was free to preach. He preached 'boldly and without hindrance!'
Application: Iwonder how many times I have let limitations hinder me from doing God'swill. If I am totally surrendered to God,I should let my faith cause me to rise above the limitations. Limitations do not change God; limitationsshould not change me; limitations only change opportunities. I may not be able to witness here, but I can there. I may not be able to do something now, but Ican do it later, and I can do something else now. I may not have enough money to buy everyone aBible, but I can speak to people what God has done for me.
Prayer: Lord, I am your servant. I trust you to provide the necessary resources. And when I do not have enough, the HolySpirit will show me where the door is open. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!