Paul was being perp walked by the soldiers. He asked to speak to the crowd that was trying to kill him. In short, Paul recapped why he was the missionary to the non-Jewish world. He made it clear that this journey found him–he did not go looking for it. In fact, he totally understood the Jews frustration, he after all was the guy that persecuted the church. Still, Paul said it best, “When God calls you, you have to follow no matter what the cost! Even as Paul was feeling the pain of a horrible beating and the restraint of a Roman arrest, he still knew he was on the path God set before him.
In our lives, we are faced daily with the same choice. do we follow God’s plan, or the plan that seems easier and painless. In many cases, it seems far more reasonable to just go with the flow–and, it is. But, God never promised easy. He only promised the best. If we will trust him, he will transform us into a free people that no matter the trial or test, will walk confidently toward his destination. We will find, as we do, that his plan was best and our lives are full of purpose and blessing. Trust and obey, there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but, to trust and obey!
God Bless You
hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.12 “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. 13 He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.
14 “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. 16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’
17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’
19 “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. 20 And when the blood of your martyr[a] Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’
21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”