“There they found believers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome” (Acts 28:14 HCSB) “God fulfilled His promise to Paul.” (1)
WOW! What Paul had to go through to see and experience what God had whispered to him awhile back! Not only did God bring about where Paul was going to go but he found believers there and was invited to stay with them. There’s a bond that forms between fellow believers in our journey of life.
“In reference to fellow believers in Christ, the term “came to designate a fellowship of love equivalent to or bringing with it a community of life.” As Paul approached Rome, God knew he needed “a fellowship of love” or “a community of life.”’ ‘God recognizes our need for community and desires to meet the need through His church – the body of believers God organized to offer a community of life.” (2)
There’s something else that stirs within in my heart after reading this. Paul walked right into the promise that the Lord had fulfilled from Acts 23:11. The Lord was faithful to what he told Paul earlier and He was faithful to deliver them all out of the horrific storm they went through. They made it to Rome unharmed and alive!
Have you had the privilege to experience something God placed in your heart and you saw it come to pass? That you knew “only God” could have orchestrated events in such a way that no man could ever take credit? Can you imagine Paul showing up at that moment and what he may have felt in his heart? How would you have acted?
I have had some unique privileges to walk as Paul did into those moments when it’s like time stands still for just a moment and you’re thinking God is going to show up at any minute because it all originated with Him. There is something so powerful and faith building during those times that it’s in those opportunities that we just want to thank Him and look forward to what He will orchestrate next. Just to be in awe of such a magnificent God!
I call these moments God’s kisses because there’s such a sweet sense of peace and rest that envelopes me and I know everything is going to be alright!! Usually we have had to overcome some kind of battle/challenge/obstacle and have had to trust Him through the journey no matter if it was an hour or days/months/years!!! I believe our job is to look for those moments in time and to seek Him as He unfolds the mystery before our eyes. What may look like a storm today carries the promise of a future and hope for tomorrow for those who believe! FAITH!!
Are you looking for Him in the moments of your day to see what He would orchestrate next for you to walk into?
(1-2) Paul, 90 Days in His Journey of Faith / Beth Moore / B & H Publishing