It never ceases to amaze me the way God uses everything, even the enemy’s helpers, for the perfect plan.
Paul was a prisoner. Julius was charged with transporting Paul and other prisoners to Rome in chapter 27. Because Julius took a liking to Paul, he took special care to make sure Paul was safe. Just as God had told Paul.
Once on the island of Malta, they were welcomed and treated kindly. When the snake latches on to Paul’s hand, the islanders take this as a sign that Paul a murder. Paul shook the snake off and continued on as if nothing had happened. The snake itself should have, at the very least made Paul ill. But God protected Paul.
Paul made it to Rome, and presented the New Word to them. He was placed under guard watch for 2 years. While he wasn’t able to travel, he was able to reach many, as he waited for his fate to be decided. He never lost faith and even wrote letters stating his intentions to contour his travels. He didn’t say,”If I get to come.” He said, “When I come.”
God uses everything. How many times do we look at our current situation, and wonder why? Or what? Or how? I think Pastor Brandon nailed it, when he said, “Blessed are we who don’t fall away when God doesn’t do it like we want.”
Paul was tormented for sure, but oh my, how blessed was he.
My Father, You use things for my benefit. Things that I couldn’t possibly think would work for good. Give me patience, and faith like Paul. Today, I will trust Your plan, even when it doesn’t look like I think it should. In Jesus Precious name…