Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings (Paul’s trial). “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. (Acts 24:22-23)
Felix procrastinated. In his final two years as governor, Lysias never came and Paul wasn’t released. Keeping Paul incarcerated kept the Jerusalem Jews from rioting. I can imagine Lysias wasn’t summoned.
Like Felix, are you on the decision-making seesaw? Is the weight of possible outcomes keeping you grounded—keeping you from doing what’s right?
Felix was well acquainted with the Way but didn’t choose Jesus. Don’t be like Felix—let Jesus help you make the right decisions.
Father, I praise You for helping me make decisions. Assist me to cut people and circumstances from my life that keep me from following Your will. Keep my loved ones safe today and bind them closer to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
2 thoughts on “SOAP Daily Devotional Acts 24:22-23 – Will Jesus help you make a decision?—Free online Bible study – Commentary in easy English – Day 674”
Yes, Jesus can help us make decisions. When we get a feeling that we should do something a certain way, maybe that is a nudge to let us know we are making a good decision. I do believe in free will and making our own decisions too. In certain cases perhaps God would like us to be independent and make a decision on our own with no help. It is interesting to think about this.
I think we always make our own decisions whether we ask for God’s help or not. I think God wants us to be independent but maybe not independent of Him. Since I think he holds the road map to our perfect life, I like to involve him in every important decision. But I know a lot of people think He’s too busy to help them all of the time.