The Next Day

“When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.”  Acts 23:12

“Wow, this was great.  This was just what I needed.”  These words could have come from virtually any believer on a Sunday morning after a stirring message that explained how God is with us and how God has a plan for the success of our lives.

However, just one day later, these same people could be saying, “Well, I guess that stuff was just for Sunday. because life is hard today.”  Truly, many Christians live their lives on an emotional roller-coaster.  But is this the way it should be?

This morning we find our answer in our more for Christ reading, “Acts 23:12-35.”  In our text we find Paul on the next day after God’s assurance that He would walk with Paul in accomplishing the task He had set for Paul.  In our text we read about 40 men who make and oath to kill Paul.

I wrote the following in my journal this morning, “I wonder how Paul must have felt as he received the news of this plot?  I wonder how it must have felt being taken from place to place as a prisoner?”  I think the answer can be seen in the way Paul approached these days.  His zeal for God’s work is amazing.  He had an inner peace because The Prince of Peace was for Him and the Holy Spirit was on the inside of him.

Paul knew, “If God be for me, who can be against me,” Rom. 8:31.  Paul knew that God was in charge of all of his circumstances.  These things that were happening to him were clearly God’s movements in his life.

Question, “Do you believe God is in charge of your circumstances?”  Your theological understanding will make all the difference in how you approach your next days.  If you believe your life is your choice, then you believe God is a silent participant who waits for your choices before He works.  If this is the case,  your life will be up and down.

However if you trust in his leadership you have peace because you know that God is leading your life and not the enemy nor yourself.  This morning, like Paul, I have such settled peace that whatever comes into my day, is God’s enablement to accomplish His purpose in my life.

Today, I challenge you to place all of your trust in His hands and I challenge you to have a biblical worldview so that there were be peace in your heart and in your home.  This day may our knowledge of God increase more and more.

For further study consider Romans 8 and Proverbs 15


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