READ: Acts 9:11; 23:11
- At Saul’s encounter with Jesus (Acts 9:1-9), he is told to go to Damascus and wait. God will send him instructions. Then, God speaks to Ananias the prophet and commands him to go speak to Saul (9:10-14). Ananias resists because of Saul’s reputation for arresting believers and Ananias knows that’s why Saul is in Damascus in the first place.
- At that point, God gives Ananias the reason for speaking to Saul. He says, “He’s going to be a witness to Gentiles, kings and Israel.” In other words, God has a very specific task for Saul. God is going to use him, specifically, to expand the gospel’s reach into Gentile territory, including that of the kings (which we see occur in chapter 26, with King Agrippa). But before Saul is able to speak to a king, he finds himself arrested in Jerusalem by the Romans (Acts 21:27ff.).
- During a long season of arrest, Paul (renamed from Saul; Acts 13:9), faces a series of trials before legal authorities and moves by the soldiers to protect him. During one of those situations, God speaks to Paul, saying, “…you must testify in Rome.” Paul is going to eventually speak in the city of Caesar himself. He may even get to speak to Caesar himself, since that was a privilege of Roman citizenship. The promise made at his conversion is amplified in this situation.
- Describe a time you felt convicted to speak to some about Jesus but were afraid of the consequences.
- What do you suppose Paul was thinking as he waited for the promise of Acts 23:11 to become a reality?
- How difficult is it for you to wait for God to act?
PRAY: Thank God for His faithfulness. Pray for the ability to wait on Him. Commit to speaking to those who God opens doors to speak to.