Today’s Scripture: And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him. Acts 28:16

It is amazing to see that Paul, who was brought to Rome as a prisoner awaiting trial, was given a little liberty. No, it wasn’t perfect liberty, but he only had one guard in his house.

Have you ever had an enemy with you all the time? That is what happened to Paul, only his was chained to him.

I read a story about a Christian man whose employer suffered a substantial robbery. The boss suspected everyone in the office, so he had detectives trailing all the workers. Finally, this Christian man came to his boss and said, “Look, I didn’t do anything wrong, but the man following me is driving me nuts!”

Imagine how the Apostle Paul felt, chained to a Roman guard day and night. He probably never had as much as a moment to himself to think. It is hard even when our best friends or family come to stay with us for more than a few days!

Paul’s life ambition was to go to Rome and preach the gospel, though the way in which he arrived was probably not what he had envisioned. Paul did reach Rome, but in chains. Our ambition should be to reach the world, however, the way in which we accomplish that goal might be contrary to what we’ve dreamed. We should be determined to fulfill God’s will His way, not our way.

Is God bringing you on a path that you weren’t prepared for? Have the attitude of the Apostle Paul by accepting the challenges that are given to you and using them for Christ. Trust Him and work His plan, not yours. The rugged path God leads you on will have a greater result than the smooth one you anticipated.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.