There is a direct correlation between the submission to God’s authority and the peace and order we experience in our lives. Paul was traveling the journey God had warned him about. He was clearly under persecution, and his enemies–the Jewish leadership, continued to try to unhinge and ultimately kill him. While the attempts continued to be troublesome for Paul, the Lord made it clear that his ultimate plan would be executed.
The best laid plan of the Jewish assassins was formed, and would have been great–except, God allowed Paul’s nephew to be made aware and report it to the authorities. Jerusalem was a big city; imagine the odds that of all the people to overhear the secret–it would be one of the few folks that actually cared about Paul’s life. With God, there are no coincidences.
In our lives, we are faced daily with circumstance and oddities that we disregard as coincidence. If we would be honest and aware, we would see and acknowledge God’s hand in our daily lives and direct answers to our prayer. If, we as stubborn and stiff necked children would then simply admit God is in control,then the light would come on and we would, like Elisha’s servant in Dothan, begin to see things from God’s perspective. In that view, the darkest and most hopeless of times would take on a new light and luster of faith and peace. As preachers and followers of Christ have said for years, “I have read the last page, and guess what–WE Win!” Paul summed it up best in his letter to Philippi–“Do not be anxious about anything, but, in everything–by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, bring your requests to God. then,the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!”
God Bless You
The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him to the commander.
The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”
19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”
20 He said: “Some Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him. 21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”
22 The commander dismissed the young man with this warning: “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.
21 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ ”