READ: Acts 28:17-31
- It appears Paul is arrested shortly after Festus begins his role as Procurator of Judea in around 58 CE. Paul’s arrival in Rome is typically dated around late 59 or 60 CE. So, for over two years, Paul experiences delays in getting to Rome. It’s been a significant amount of time since the promise was made in Acts 23:11. There have been trials, false accusations, repeated conversations with the rulers, and finally an appeal to Caesar (Paul’s right as a citizen).
- Then, on the journey to Rome there is time spent on an ill-advised voyage on the Mediterranean Sea which ends with a shipwreck just off the coast of Malta. After time spent there, and then the journey across Italy, Paul finally arrived in Rome. When there, he was placed under house arrest and held until potential trial before Caesar. The text reminds us that all of this occurred during another two years before Acts is concluded.
- During his time in Rome, Paul rents an apartment, is guarded by the Romans, but receives guests and preaches the gospel. While he’s a prisoner, it’s not the same as when he returns to Rome some years later for his execution. Then he’s in prison under conditions that are beyond inhumane. But, in this season, he’s free to continue his calling, that of being a voice to the Gentiles about the salvation offered in Jesus.
- Describe how you do when waiting on God to act?
- Why is it so hard to wait for God?
- What was going on in your life 2 to 3 years ago? How have things changed?
PRAY: Commit to allowing God to control His timing. Pray that you can wait for Him to do what He’s going to do. Ask God to use your time of waiting to shape you into a more Christlike person.