When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of a Roman officer named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us. We left on a ship whose home port was Adramyttium on the northwest coast of the province of Asia; it was scheduled to make several stops at ports along the coast of the province. The next day when we docked at Sidon, Julius was very kind to Paul and let him go ashore to visit with friends so they could provide for his needs. (Acts 27:1-3)
God has a plan for our lives! An oft heard phrase in Christendom, and indeed he does have a plan. Wise are those who follow it, for it contains provision, purpose, and reward for those who follow.
Our most common issue of hesitation in considering God’s plan is, trust. We hope to find the best steps to fulfill his plan, while remaining in our comfort zone. However, he does not always disclose all his methods and sources along the way, and that makes us uncomfortable. However, he wants us to trust him whether his method seems reasonable or not.
For example, we don’t know if in this story Julius was a believer, only that he was captain of the imperial regiment. He was kind to Paul, gave him permission to go ashore so Paul’s friends could provide for his needs. Julius certainly did not have to grant Paul permission, but he did. God used an unlikely source, in a chain of several, to make certain Paul’s needs were met in the midst of God’s plan.
All of God’s servants on his mission, should give attention to his detail and prepare for unexpected methods and sources. Watch for the Julius in God’s plan for you.
Give us today our daily bread. Amen
“Give us today the food we need”