I am sure that there were days that Paul was really tired of the fight. He went to Jerusalem to show solidarity with the Church in Jerusalem. He brought them financial aid collected from around the world. He followed Jewish tradition to humor them. Still, well over two years later, he sat in prison, having been tried twice; examined by Felix countless times–and still, no resolution. Paul had every right to be angry, resentful frustrated and demoralized. But-instead, he continued to share the Gospel with whomever would listen.
Life is not fair. As his chosen, we are faced with trials, tribulation and temptations that seem to go on forever. Amazingly, as we look, we see him answer prayers–one after another. We watch his plan unfold and the results are always awesome. Even when the inexplicable does occur–his love, grace and mercy carries us through what would otherwise be life-ending emotion and pain. But, over time, we grow weary and discouraged. We start to lose the energy and focus needed to navigate the spiritual battle in which we are locked. That is when we can fall into his arms, follow his lead and allow him to provide the strength and courage to carry on. It is a miracle each day. If we will remain humble and submissive to his lead, he will deliver us and fortify us with his spirit. Then we will truly experience the abundant and fruitful Christian life.
God Bless You
Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem, 2 where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul. 3 They requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way. 4 Festus answered, “Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon. 5 Let some of your leaders come with me, and if the man has done anything wrong, they can press charges against him there.”6 After spending eight or ten days with them, Festus went down to Caesarea. The next day he convened the court and ordered that Paul be brought before him. 7 When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them.
8 Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.”