Hey guys, sorry i am super late! I did not see me name. My fault. Anyway i just wanna start by saying how funny it is i am talking about a chapter with the dude named Festus in it. Ha. But anyway… I really liked these chapters of Acts because it talked about Paul’s courage to stand up for Jesus and his faith that Jesus would come through throughout the chapters. Paul also showed his good attitude through out in spite of his circumstances. Great lessons.
So the first part that stood out to me happened in Chapter 26 verse 6. It says, “And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today.” (Acts 26:6 NIV). Even when Paul was on trail to be jailed or even put to death he was thankful because he was a christian. Even though being a christian meant being persecuted, Paul looked at it as a privilege. I would like to think i would be as thankful and brave as Paul was in this moment but it is a lot easier said than done. It can be hard to have a good attitude in a time of struggle but knowing Jesus’ love should over shadow that plus much much more.
A couple lines later Jesus comes to Paul in a vision and verse 6 has Jesus talking to Paul saying, “Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and a witness of what you have seen of me and what i will show you.” Now as Americans, our culture tells us that being a servant is not a good title to have at all. That we must make the most money and have to most power and HAVE servants beneath us. But fam think about it. What other title would you have than the servant of the king of the universe! I think a lot of times we can take for granted how prestigious being servants of the great I Am really is.
Acts 27 tells of Paul and other prisoners sailing to Italy to be given to Julius. While they were sailing there was a massive storm that lasted many days. It said how many of the people lost hope. But then Paul received news from God that they would be okay but the ship would sink.
I think it is interesting how often there are big storms in the bible. (At least i feel like there is). But i feel like this is very relatable to our own lives. How often do we go through big “storms” in our life and sometimes we even give up all hope. But then Jesus is always there to either make it better or get you through it. Great stuff.
Lastly i want to touch on chapter 28. Paul gets bitten by a snake and after he just casually shakes it off into a fire, everyone thinks he is gonna die but he does not die. I believe he didn’t die because God needed him for a bigger purpose. So he could go to Julius and tell about Jesus among a great many people so they could not inly receive the good news but so that we could read about it a few years later. God has a plan for us fam!
Anyway that is my blog. Paul is a pretty cool dude.