Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

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I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.

Romans 15:24-25

Paul is writing a letter to the saints living in Rome telling them the details of his plans to visit them. Yes, Paul did get to Rome. However, his plans of how he was to get there were vastly different from what actually happened.

 Luke records these events in Acts 23. Paul’s letter to Rome was written before the Lord gave him a promise that he would testify in Rome. That promise would help Paul get through  tragic events that would happen to him while in Jerusalem. In spite of the threat of death, Paul completely trusted in God. From Paul’s experience, we are able to learn important lessons about God and His will.

God is always at work, whether we realize it, or not. God’s plan can not be thwarted. In Isaiah 46:10, God says, “declaring the end from the beginning…‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’”

God used His servant Paul, but He also used those who opposed Him. Forty religious zealots swore they would not eat or drink until they had killed Paul. Their plot was overheard by Paul’s nephew, an insignificant Jewish boy who got an audience with the Roman commander. Roman power assembled 470 trained soldiers to be Paul’s personal security detail. Paul was able to safely reach Caesarea while mounted on a military horse. They were all used by God to accomplish His plan.

Paul was able to trust God in everything because his faith was founded in the truth about God. He is good, just, and will always do what is best for us. No matter what happened, Paul was obedient to his faith. If we have that same faith, we will trust in God’s character, and be able to have “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.

When we set our trust in what we see or feel, it will be impossible not to be anxious, worried, and afraid. We need to remember that God is always in control. God will use us to accomplish His plan whether we fight against Him, or whether we desire to follow His will. 

This week, don’t let the turmoil of life bring about despair. Instead, go to God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. When your trust is in Jesus, his goodness and grace, your views about life will begin to improve. Placing your trust in God’s plan will produce genuine peace.

July 1, 2024