Paul didn't have a hope- so faith but a know-so faith. He had a word from God, 'Do not be afraid. You must stand trial before Caesar.' God would have to keep him alive in order for that to happen. Dead men don't testify before kings.
The promises from God distinguishes believers from those around them and holds them steady during life's storms. Paul rose to a leadership position in the midst of the storm in spite of his being a prisoner. The same thing happened to Joseph. The Lord was with him while he was in prison. The jailer was so impressed by his faith in God that he placed him in charge of the other prisoners. Why? both had promises from God regarding their future.
So, how do you get a word from God? You ask Him to speak to you regarding the concerns of your life. And then you pay close attention to His Word in preaching and in personal reading.
God still speaks today through His word. God knows where you are reading in His Word and He knows what's ahead of you and He is able to match the two together brilliantly. That's why it is crucial that believers become highly Biblical literate.
I seriously doubt that God will speak aloud from heaven, but He still speaks through His Word today. Sometimes He highlights a portion of Scripture for you as you read His Word. Sometimes He will highlight His Word for you as you are listening to the Word being preached. He makes promises to His people today that we can pray over and watch Him implement in our lives, our circumstances, and in the lives of people we know and love.
Questions for today's Chronological reading:
- What does Paul's arrest allow him to do?
- What had God promised Ananias regarding Paul in Acts 9:15-16?
- What does Isaiah promise about God in Isaiah 46:9-10?
- How does Paul begin his defense?
- What promise has God given Paul regarding his life? his ministry?
- What reason does Paul give for his arrest?
- How does Festus respond to Paul's "testimony"?
- What promise does God give Paul that lets him know that they would not perish in the storm?
- Why do the centurions and soldiers listen to Paul?
- How does what happens on the island of Malta give Paul credibility?
Ask the Lord to give you a promise regarding ministry, your life, your kids, etc. Remain on "high alert" as you read the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit will press a particular Scripture upon your heart. This is His promise to you that you can hang onto, pray over and watch Him implement.