2017-03-04 - What Would Felix Say?
As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” (Acts 24:25)
Paul was being held in jail, and I sent for him. I met Paul and agreed with what he said about faith in Jesus Christ. When Paul began describing self-control, judgment, and doing what’s right, I got a little nervous. It was a little off the deep end for me. Hard to understand and accept, really. I gathered Paul wanted my faith ignited and wanted me to seek the Lord as he did, but I wasn't done with deception. I was not ready to step out of my comfortable space, and into a place where people could see the real me.
I knew Paul believed in what he was saying, but it was too difficult to digest, so I sent him back. I left the door open to meet with him again, though. I stuck by my word and offered to meet with Paul. It was interesting, listening to him. I kept hoping he would get the hint and offer me a bribe, something. Then I could give him freedom from jail. Knowing Paul the way I do now, he would never do anything so corrupt and dishonest. You have to admire a man for that. It will be interesting to see how God sets the road for Paul’s freedom.
Lord, While You don't always use the predictable, it is always for our best. I won’t be discouraged, as You will see me along life’s misadventures. I give You all my fears and doubts so You can carry me to Your ultimate holy plan. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.