From Handbook to Scripture, Day 259
READING: ACTS 25
After two years of imprisonment in Caesarea, Paul saw that the governor Felix was being succeeded by Festus. When the new governor went up to Jerusalem, Paul’s opponents saw this as an opportunity to bring charges against him, hoping that he would be brought to Jerusalem so they could have him killed on the way. Festus invited them to come to Caesarea to prosecute Paul, and when Paul was brought out before them, the new governor asked Paul if he was willing to stand trial in Jerusalem. Knowing what this would mean, Paul exercised his right as a Roman citizen to appeal to Caesar. When King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to visit Festus, the governor arranged for them to hear Paul, hoping to clarify the charges he would write before sending the prisoner to the Emperor.
Prayer: Lord, the plots and devices of men will never prevail against Your purposes and promises. May I imitate Paul’s faith by taking the long-term perspective, and thus live by faith and hope.
Meditation passage: verses 8, 11