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Acts 26:32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to the emperor.”
In today’s lesson, we learn that the Roman authorities were willing to release Paul from prison, but he had appealed to Caesar. Once such an appeal was made, it could not be retracted. Paul’s spur-of-the-moment solution to what felt like a life-threatening problem was no longer the great solution he had expected.
How many times are we like Paul? When we are afraid or under pressure, we make choices in the heat of the moment, failing to remember that we can rely on God.
I imagine Paul had a lot of time in a lot of holding cells to regret his rash words and reflect on how God had sustained him throughout his missionary journeys. Fortunately, God can and will make good use of all our choices: Paul eventually continued his ministry and witness in Rome.
MOVING FORWARD: When was the last time God’s grace showed up when your great solution wasn’t so great? Share that story today.