When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison. (Acts 24:27)
Through circumstances of history, Paul remained in prison. In Caesarea, there was a conflict between the Jews and the Gentiles as to whether it was a Jewish city or a Gentile city. The Jews won and Felix sent in Roman troops to help the Gentiles in retaliation. They killed thousands of Jews and looted their homes. (https://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/acts/discipline-of-delay) The Jews complained, and Felix was removed from being governor. He couldn’t afford any more uprising from the Jews by releasing Paul.
God rules history. The delay in Paul’s release enabled him to write more of the New Testament, including the famous passage: “For I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. I know both how to be humbled, and I know how to have an abundance; in everything and by all things I am instructed, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11b-13)
Perhaps you’ve been praying for God to release you from a physical or mental disease, financial bondage, or a bad habit, and God is postponing His answer to your prayer, leaving you in chains. Know that God is strengthening you through his delays and preparing you to reach your destiny.
Father, I praise You for letting Paul write the words, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” They are a comfort to me and all Christians. Help me be patient, pray often, and gain faith while you create circumstances to answer my prayers and fulfill Your perfect plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.