And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.” – Acts 26:32
It is impossible to separate the practical and the mystical aspects of our faith.
For example, Paul (the apostle) openly declared that he desired to go to Rome to encourage the believers in that city, but first he needed to return to Jerusalem. When he went to Jerusalem, he was rescued from the murderous hands of the Jews, but arrested by Roman soldiers. Two years later, when Paul was facing the possibility of being returned to Jerusalem, he (as a Roman citizen) appealed to Caesar. Years prior to this appeal, Paul had also been told by the Lord that he would one day appear before the emperor. King Agrippa’s recorded words reveal that if Paul had not appealed to Rome’s emperor, he could have reached his desired destination under his own power and not in chains!
One conclusion is certain. God is sovereignly guiding the affairs of this life and absolutely nothing is left to chance, fortune, or coincidence. Luck is for pagans. We who know Christ trust in the providential work of an Almighty God.
The God who knows you best knows the best for you. – Woodrow Kroll