THE PLOT TO KILL PAUL
The Roman commander took Paul back to the barrack for his safety after the violent dispute between the Pharisees and Sadducees during the Sanhedrin meeting. The next morning, forty men swore not to eat and drink until they killed Paul. They made a plot to kill Paul by asking the religious leaders to meet with Paul again under the pretext of getting more information from him, and on the way to the meeting, they would kill Paul. However, Paul's nephew heard the plot and told Paul. When the commander heard the plot to kill Paul, he sent Paul to the governor of Caesarea, Felix, that evening with heavy soldiers. Caesarea was more than 55 miles from Jerusalem. The Roman commander told governor Felix that Paul was a Roman citizen and that no charge against him deserved imprisonment or death; however, the Jews wanted to kill him. So Felix ordered Paul to be in Herod's palace until he could hear from Paul. (Acts 23:12-35).
When Paul was in the Roman barracks for his safety from the Jews, the Lord encouraged him and told him that he would testify in Rome. Nothing would happen to Paul until the will of God was fulfilled. God used Paul's nephew to save Paul from the assassination attempt. We have to remind ourselves that nothing can happen to us without going through the hands of our Heavenly Father. Our safety is always in God, regardless of what is happening around us. And the things that He allows in our lives have a purpose and a reason for His glory. God allows situations in our lives to get our attention, discipline us, strengthen our faith, teach us about faith and relationship with Him, draw us closer to Him, or direct us in the right direction.
We need to trust God with our lives and safety and not worry about what is happening around us. God takes care of us individually and faithfully. He has a purpose and reason in every situation, so we need to trust and walk with Him daily.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you) Do I believe that God would fulfill His purpose and plan in my life? Where is my ultimate safety come from? Do I trust God and walk with Him daily?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, you are a sovereign God, and nothing can stop your will and purpose. I praise you that you are my safety and the guardian of my soul. Please help me not to worry but to trust in you completely, for you are always in control over this world and the things happening in my life and around me. May you give me peace today and enjoy this new day you have blessed me. In your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.