The Right Place at the Right Time
Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 26,27; Acts 23
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 23:12-24
Some of the men from the Sanhedrin wanted to kill Paul. They viewed Paul as a threat, and they vowed not to eat or drink until Paul was dead. They came up with a plot against him, and planned to attack him while traveling to stand before the commander of the Roman army. But God had different plans in mind. God was watching over Paul and protecting him. Paul’s nephew heard about the plot to kill him because God put him in the right place at the right time. Paul’s nephew went to Paul to tell him about the plot to kill him, and Paul instructed his nephew to tell the commander what he had heard. When Paul’s nephew went to the commander, the commander could have dismissed the boy’s story, but instead God moved him to listen and to act. The commander came up with a plan to protect Paul and get him to Governor Felix and away from the threat.
Time and time again in the Bible we see that God has perfect timing. He knows when and where to act to produce the best results. We also see time and time again that God does a lot of things in the background that we do not even know about to protect us. Paul did not know about this plot against him and did not even know to be praying to God to thwart it, but God already knew. He knew to put Paul’s nephew in the right place at the right time to hear about the plot. God moved Paul’s nephew not to just sit on the information he had but to actually take it to Paul. God moved the commander to listen to Paul’s nephew and to move Paul out of harm’s way. God did all of this in the background without Paul even knowing what the outcome would be. In Jeremiah 29:11, we read, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God’s plans for us will not be thwarted. He will use His perfect timing and whatever means necessary to ensure we are fulfilling his ultimate plans for us, even when we are completely unaware that this is going on in the background. How many times has God moved in the background of your life and saved you from pain without you even knowing it? How many times has he placed people in exactly the right place at the right time for your benefit without you even having to ask? Never underestimate God’s love for you and all that He does to protect you, and always remember the words from Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
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