Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem, where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul. They requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way. Festus answered, “Paul is being held at Caesarea, and I myself am going there soon. Let some of your leaders come with me, and if the man has done anything wrong, they can press charges against him there.” (Acts 25:1-5)
When the Jewish leaders complained and Felix was removed from office, the Jewish leaders tried to take advantage of their power over the new governor, Festus. They asked for a favor so they could take Paul to trial when their motive was to murder him.
A man, pretending to have good intentions, asked to stay in my home until he could find a job. I granted the favor, but, like the Jewish leaders, he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He took advantage of my family. It took months of bad feelings, even hatred for the man, to forgive him and myself. God doesn’t always want us to grant favors. Our time and resources are valuable gifts from Him. He helped me through my grief, but I wasn’t able to write or love well until I let go of the anger.
When someone asks for a favor, allow time to think and pray about it. Be discerning like Festus. If you have a bad feeling, listen to God’s nudging.
Father, I praise You for Your gift of discernment. Help me make good decisions. Thank You for keeping my family safe today, restoring our health, and binding us closer to you. As for me and my family, we will serve You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.