Devotional – Acts 25

25 But I found that he had done nothing deserving death. And as he himself appealed to the emperor, I decided to go ahead and send him. 26 But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. 27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.”

Paul was an innocent man. His accusers could come up with no reasonable charges and those who sat in judgment could find nothing deserving death and yet he lingered in prison. In all of this God had a plan and a purpose. He wanted Paul to stand before Caesar himself so that he might hear the good news of Jesus Christ. One way to view our troubles in this life is to think about Kingdom implications. Since God is sovereign in all that happens in our lives and everything he does always terminates in our good and his glory, then your trials are serving a greater purpose that you can perceive as you walk in them. In fact, you may never know in this life how God was glorified or how it was for your good. What you can count on is that there is a purpose in your suffering. Let me leave you with these encouraging words from Paul – “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rom. 5:3-5)

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