Trust in the Turmoil

Ananias called to strike,

image by My Biblical Guidance

image by My Biblical Guidance

the mouth of faithful Paul.

He said to him, “You’ll be struck,

by God, you white-washed wall!”

“Seated judging by the laws,

yet command me be struck?”

The people called back to him,

“he is the high priest, you schmuck.”

Paul recognized his error,

and quoted from God’s word,

“speak no evil of rulers,”

truth spoken, now was heard.

Paul knew the crowd divided,

with varying beliefs.

Pharisees and Sadducees,

dispute brought Paul relief.

The fight became so violent,

commander was afraid,

Paul’d be torn to pieces,

by troops way had to be made.

The next night in the barracks,

in guarded custody,

the Lord came and stood near Paul,

to uplift his ministry.

Those jealous Jews were schemers,

oath for murderous plot.

More than forty men involved,

Paul’s nephew, their plan caught.

He brought word to his uncle,

who took him at his word.

Boy then went to commander,

to tell what he had heard.

The evil plot prevented,

and Paul safely to Rome.

More leaders to hear God’s truth,

and Paul was going home. (sort of)

(Responding to Acts 23)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You yet again, for fabulous examples of Your faithfulness, and the faithfulness that You placed in the hearts of those who believed.  Despite the chaos and crowds that had likely shaken Paul a bit the day prior, I imagine any trepidation or turmoil was torn away, when You came and stood beside him.  Forgive us for forgetting that the very same You that stood beside Paul, dwells in the heart of every one of us who believes!  Teach us to trust and realize the strength, power and protection that we have, that is provided in You.  Help our hearts to be ever-listening to hear Your voice, and our will, always ready to be obedient to act.  May many come to know You as Savior and King, as we walk in obedience, loving others as You love us.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

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