The book of Acts closes with an emphasis on Paul, with whom Luke traveled during this part of his ministry. Paul has been arrested and the mob has accused him unjustly. When the governors hear him, they are prepared to set him at liberty (26.32). Because he holds dual citizenship—both Roman and Jewish—he has appealed to Caesar, and so he is placed on a ship and sailed toward Italy. A shipwreck strands the party of prisoners and soldiers on Melita for three months, after which an Alexandrian ship takes them to Rome. There, Paul stays under house arrest for two years while waiting to appear before Caesar. He is allowed to come and go as he pleases, and makes a living as a tentmaker in the meantime. Most notable in this section is God’s plan and timing. Paul has totally yielded himself to God’s divine plan for his life (26.15-18), wherever that might take him. For years, he has traveled as a free citizen, and his entire life has been spent engaging the world for the truth of the gospel. Now, as he travels under arrest, his ministry doesn’t stop. He still stands for the gospel, and still maintains a relationship with God that informs and nurtures and guides him (27.21-26). He never knew all of God’s plan, but trusted that God would bring it to bear. He couldn’t have known, when Demetrius first accused him in chapter 19, that he would end up appearing before several political governors, placed on a ship, marooned on an island with barbarous people and venomous snakes, and placed under house arrest in Rome. But all the while, God was watching over him, protecting him, guiding him—leading him ultimately to the center of the cultured world, where the seed of the gospel that he would plant would eventually take over the world.
God’s plan is too vast for us to understand. His timing is nothing short of a mystery. But He knows what He’s doing. He’s brought you this far, and He understands that you may have questions. He understands your doubt. He is big enough to handle your temporal attitude problems. He hasn’t forgotten you, and is still guiding and nurturing you; simply listen to Him. He’s speaking to you through His word and His community. He’s brought you here for just a purpose as this. You will never understand His plan on this side of eternity, but know that He’s got one, and it’s way better than you could ever imagine.
It’s never “wrong” or “sinful” to question whether or not He knows what He’s doing. We’ve all been in circumstances in which that very question comes to the fore with great ease. But the truster of YHWH will always find the answer to that question in the Word. Today, the answer is found in the meandering journey of Paul. Just as God was moving Paul into position to accomplish something great for the plan of redemption of Man, He’s putting you in position for something, as well. Trust His plan and His timing, and simply be as yielded and devoted to His leading as Paul was.