Today’s text: 2 Chronicles 35 Habakkuk 1-3 Acts 25
‘Hey, that’s not fair!’ As a father of four I’ve heard that remark numerous times. Whenever I’ve had to intervene and bring an argument between my kids to an end it often produced an appeal from one or more of the participants claiming they had been treated unfairly. Working as a manager has also provided me with ample opportunity to hear that proclamation of something not being fair and you know, sometimes it just isn’t. In fact when we look throughout our lives we find no shortage of examples when life just wasn’t fair.
In today’s text we see how the Lord used the harassment and imprisonment of Paul to direct him towards Rome. Some of the most important letters ever written, letters that have profoundly impacted billions of lives were authored by Paul while he was in Rome. Paul recognized that sometimes life just isn’t fair. Despite the false accusations of the Jews, they were unable to see Paul’s case transferred into their jurisdiction. God had bigger plans.
Paul was respectful, wise and eloquent in his defense. His use of tact and diplomacy stands as an example for us as well. If we’re going to reach the goals God has set for us we too will be required to display determination, patience, toughness and savvy. Like Paul we must adhere to the honest facts. As Martin Luther said, “One truth smites down a host lies.” The Lord will help prepare our heart, mind and spirit when we are called upon to present our case.
Paul was ever mindful of the sovereignty of God. He was aware that we seldom understand the complete plan at any given time. Rather, we only see a small portion at a time. That is where faith comes in. Yes, being in prison and appealing to the court in Rome did not seem like true justice. There was a bigger plan and traveling to Rome was required for its fulfillment. So when you find yourself in one of those situations where life just doesn’t seem fair remember that He is with you always and be mindful of the words or Paul, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the Glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)