So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him. The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning he was from Cilicia, he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace. (Acts 23:31-35)
Satan doesn’t want people to know Jesus. Since God used Paul to introduce many people to Him, Paul was a threat. The enemy planned to use the Jerusalem Jews to riot and kill Paul. God thwarted his original plan, so the enemy used forty men to plot against Paul.
God used the commander, Claudius Lysias; Paul’s nephew; two hundred foot soldiers; two hundred skilled swordsmen; and a calvary of seventy to protect Paul on his journey to Rome. Now he is under the protection of Governor Felix and his guards.
When we ask God for protection, we, too, are under guard. He will use different means and people, as He did for Paul, to protect us from bullies and our enemies on our journey through life.
Father, I praise You for protecting me. I know Your plans for me are perfect. Let me step into this day to do Your work with confidence and the power of Your spirit knowing You have my back. Bind me and my loved ones closer to You as we grow in faith. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.