|Today’s Scripture: And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Acts 28:30-31|
|How many times do we say, “Oh, Lord, I’ll do anything you want me to do. I’ll go anywhere you want me to go.” Then we receive a direction from God and we say, “Well, Lord, I didn’t exactly mean that.” What if the Apostle Paul had said to God, “Lord, I want to go to Rome to preach the gospel, but don’t do it if I have to be in jail.”
Are you facing a situation where you are tempted to tell God when and where to use you? Remember the example of the Apostle Paul and decide to let God do what He wants regardless of your feelings.
But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; Romans 15:23
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Romans 15:30-32
Paul was finally delivered from his enemies. The Jews were probably excited, “Paul is gone! He is in jail. He can’t do anything now.” Yet, the prison was the best place for Paul to be placed. When his enemies tried to stop him from preaching the gospel, they only furthered his ministry more.
Take a moment to thank God for the place He has put you today. The safest place you could ever be is in the center of His will.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.