Acts 26:1-3 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself; “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently.”
Can you imagine this scene? Paul had been brought to Caesarea in chains; this coastal town on the Mediterranean where he has been given the opportunity to give testimony to thousands as they come to watch and listen.
Who could have ever guessed how God would use Paul’s suffering and imprisonment for His ultimate purposes. Paul would have never come up with this plan, but he knows God’s purposes are much bigger than his own personal comfort.
Today, will you let your momentary affliction affect what might be God’s plan, or will you embrace it as Paul did for the furtherance of the gospel?
Acts 25:23 So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and had entered the auditorium with the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at Festus’ command Paul was brought in.
Today we stood where Paul stood and proclaimed the good news. The same place where God poured out judgment on Herod as he was proclaimed a “god” by the people (Acts 12:22). What a thrill, to see how God works in all circumstances to accomplish His desired goal.