I can’t believe that it’s been about 2 months since I’ve last blogged. Now that I’m all settled and back to a (somewhat) decent level of normalcy, I figured I’d go ahead and pick right on up where I left off.
In Acts 28, Paul lands on an island known as Malta. The islanders greet Paul and all who accompanied with him. The islanders gave them food, water, and shelter. A viper appears and fastens itself onto Paul’s hand. At first, the islanders thing that Paul is a murderer, but then he shakes the snake off of him and then the islanders are praising him because they think he is a God. Paul also did his fair share of healing.
Once Paul actually arrives in Rome, he is placed on house arrest. Acts 28:16 says, “When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him.”
Now let’s back track here for a second. Remember in Acts 25, Paul went before Festus before he went before Agrippa? In Acts 25:11 Paul says, “If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the chares brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Ceaser.”
Then, in Acts 26, he goes in front of Agrippa. Agrippa finds him not guilty, so because of what Paul said in Acts 25, he is appealing to Ceaser. In Rome.
When in Rome, even though Paul is being watched by a guard, he still finds a way to preach about Jesus and God to the local Jewish leaders. Before he started, he basically told them that he had meant no harm, and that Agrippa wanted to release him however, the Jews objected.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how God uses negative situations to turn them into positive ones. That’s just one of many ways that God works. Even though Paul was facing trial, he still found a way to bring glory to God. To share the gospel and the good news. How incredible is that?
What we as Christians need to do, is to strive to make the most out of a bad situation-just like Paul did. Yeah, I bet it was horrible being on house arrest but he still managed to find ways to be content and be at peace with the help of God. He even used that time to speak to numerous churches (which we will talk about at a later time).
I believed I blogged about how when I was moving from my Dads to my Moms I got a flat in Ohio, with no cell phone. It was scary and it was horrible. After I made contact with the semi truck driver, I just started laughing. I was laughing because I realized that I’ve already been through the worst. The worst of it was being stranded. The best of it was finding help. God placed the right people in my life at the right time. We can do two things in a situation: we can mope, complain, blame God for why our lives are being so horrible or we can keep glorifying HIM and doing what HE wants us to do for HIS glory. That’s exactly what Paul did. He may not have understood what he was going through, but he didn’t let it stop him from glorifying the Lord.