Mo 1/22Tu 1/23We 1/24Th 1/25Fr 1/26Sa 1/27Su 1/28
Neh. 12
Acts 22
Neh. 13
Acts 23
Esther 1
Acts 24
Esther 2
Acts 25
Esther 3
Acts 26
Esther 4
Acts 27
Esther 5
Acts 28

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

As we come to the end of Acts, the Apostle Paul is slowly but inevitably drawing closer to Rome. This is a promise that God has given him in chapter 23, in order for him to take courage. Paul needed courage, because even the Roman soldiers were afraid he was going to be torn to pieces by the Jews. And they did try to kill him several times. Then there were the dangers of execution by the Romans, and the travel dangers, and the snake bite. But he knew all along that God was going to bring him safely to Rome. The book ends with Paul under house arrest in Rome for two years, preaching the Gospel every opportunity he had. We can piece together more of Paul’s life from his letters, but church history tells us that Paul was eventually executed by the Romans.

Why does God protect Paul and strengthen his courage to go to Rome, if that was where he would eventually die? We all have things in our lives we can wonder at. Sometimes we focus on the difficult things God lets us suffer. Other times we marvel at the things He protects us from. But eventually Paul’s life ended, just like our lives will end. We can praise God for all the work that He allowed the Apostle Paul to accomplish, and pray that He will use us as well, whatever the circumstances might look like, however dangerous it might be, wherever we might end up. God used Esther in a similar way, in the capital city of the oppressors, to save His people by putting her in dangerous and difficult circumstances. God loves to show His power in our weakness and helplessness.

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.
—Esther 4:16

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – God has come down and dwelt among us…
  • Confession – …though we were His enemies!
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for His wonderful love.
  • Supplication – Pray that He would give us boldness like Paul to speak these truths to others.

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This post by Joseph Bayly

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