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Friday, 21st week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 24:24-25:12


Prayer Pointers:

To remember the acceptable time of God

To seek after justice

To not be afraid of God's judgments














ONE OF PAUL’S MOST FAMOUS verses is found in Second Corinthians:

As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,

“In an opportune time I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[a]

I tell you, now is the time of God’s opportunity, now is the day of salvation! (6:1-2).

Who knows when that time is? Who knows when God will arrive, ready to save, his hand open with salvation?

Perhaps Felix felt the hand of God upon him that day when Paul spoke on the topics of justice, self-control and future judgment. After all, he was holding Paul for no real reason: simply as a favor to his Jewish clients that he could trade for consideration down the road. No justice there! Or, if Paul and his friends were willing to make a contribution to Felix’s wallet, well, then the door of Paul’s cell would open speedily. An odd kind of self-control! We might wonder if, sitting on his imperial chair, Felix trembled as he realized for a moment that his “imperial” power was too puny to mention, as true lordly power was being discussed before him. Before God, Antonius Felix, procurator, was just another poor sinner, but with a chance to take a different path.

Felix may have trembled, but two years went by and nothing changed. Did the opportune time pass him by?


May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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