I was at a loss how to investigate such matters (of religion), so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges. But when Paul made his appeal to be held over for the Emperor’s decision, I ordered him held until I could send him to Caesar. Then Agrippa said to Festus. “I would like to hear him myself.” He replied, “Tomorrow you will hear him.” (Acts 25:20-22)
Like Festus, many don’t wish to investigate religion. They believe what historian Josephus had to say about Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Herod the Great (all born before Jesus). But they don’t believe what he had to say about Jesus being a wise man who performed surprising deeds, that Pilate condemned him to the cross, and that he appeared to those who loved him on the third day restored to life. (Antiquities 18:3)
Others, like King Agrippa, want to remain on their throne today but are curious enough to hear about Jesus tomorrow. They think they can fulfill their dreams and may never realize that God is the one who arranges coincidences and has the connections and power to make their dreams a reality.
Even though Festus kept Paul imprisoned, God enabled his dreams to go to Rome and tell everyone about Jesus. When you make God your highest priority, pray about your dreams, and have faith, God will fulfill them as he did for Paul.
Father, I praise You for putting a dream to _________in my heart. It seems impossible to fulfill because I don’t have enough money or connections. But You are all-powerful and can make any dream come true. I have faith You will work out the details. Keep my loved ones and me safe today and bind us closer to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.