7.21.16 – Acts 21:39

Simply put I’m not much of a reader. I guess I’d rather being doing something, than read about someone else doing something. In reading the Bible though I have gained an appreciation for the knowledge and the comfort I have come to know in Jesus. There are times when a chapter is more a precursor to the next. However to gain full understanding we must digest the former to appreciate the latter. Such is the case with Acts 21&22. For the most part all Acts 21 does is set the stage for Paul’s sermon to the Jews in Acts 22. However, it’s what he is willing to endure in Acts 21 that makes this sermon so special.
It’s been said our lives are like a book. They have a beginning and an end, multiple chapters with differing themes and of course a few plot twists. How many times have you been in the midst of a chapter in your life and all you want to do is flip to the next one to see what happens? God provides such times in our lives not only so we may prepare for the next but also to provide perspective and appreciation for the journey. If you find yourself in such a state relax, absorb everything around you knowing that in God’s perfect timing he will reveal the next beautiful chapter. Acts 21:39 – Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.”