Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 17 - Acts 24

Today's reading in our daily plan is Acts 24. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Paul was in the Governor’s palace for five days before the High Priest showed up with lawyers to charge him. After the trial Governor Felix decides to wait to make a decision until he hears from commander Lysias.
  • In the following days the Governor invited Paul to speak to him, hoping for bribes. Paul took these opportunities to explain faith in Christ to Felix. Even when Paul was under guard by the Roman government, he still took every opportunity to share about Jesus.
  • Felix was gaining support from his province’s residents by keeping Paul imprisoned, so he does so for two years!

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Paul had to endure a difficult time of waiting, but while he waits to see what will happen and what God will do next in his life, he continues to serve God by sharing his faith with Felix.
  • We can assume that during this time Paul must have been reminding himself of God's promise that he would testify in Rome.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Often we find ourselves waiting for something we hope God will do in our lives. But what do we do while we wait? We need to serve God faithfully, even while we wait for something we might perceive to be a bigger or better opportunity. And we can remind ourselves of God's promises and find encouragement in them.
  • So where are you growing impatient? What are you waiting for? And what are you doing while you're waiting? In what ways are you serving God? Are there any other opportunities to serve God while you're waiting? Be faithful in the place God currently has you.