Today’s Scripture: Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul. Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done. Acts 21:32‑33
Paul was arrested. He may have been wondering why God would allow this trial. After all, he had already been stoned and beaten. He was just bringing a gift that he was dying to give to the Christians in Jerusalem. When he got there, he was asked to do something which he shouldn’t have had to do, but he did it to stay above reproach. He helped some men fulfill their vows and was arrested. Why?
We see several opportunities come because of this trial. Paul got an opportunity to preach to the crowd which was responsible for his arrest on the stairs of the Roman castle. Then, he got to preach to the religious leaders who accused him. Then, he preached to the Roman governor of Judaea. Then, he got to preach to another governor of Judaea. Eventually, he got to bring the gospel, in his imprisonment, all the way to the palace of Caesar in Rome.
We don’t see the governors get saved, but I wonder if some of the spectators got saved through Paul’s preaching. I do know this – when the Bible is preached, it doesn’t return void.
We might not always understand why bad things happen. However, it is our responsibility to trust the Lord in our trials and use every opportunity that comes through them. When we do, we can look back at what God did with our trials and thank Him for them and what they accomplished.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.