Acts 27:1-12; 1 Samuel 2:11-36; Psalm 50
The Roman law was stern and strict. If you remember the story of the Philippian jailer about to kill himself after the earthquake, you might wonder why? The law was that if a prisoner escaped, the jailer suffered the punishment the prisoner was supposed to get. Even though King Agrippa thought Paul was innocent, he was being sent to Caesar under charges that could be a death sentence. This verse “And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care.” (Acts 27:3) is all the more remarkable when you understand that. Paul was a man of such character that Julius, who was responsible for him, allowed him to find friends, probably fellow believers, and get care. Paul could have walked off and never seen Julius again. Julius was confident he wouldn’t do that. If Paul had died in route, that would have been too bad, but nothing would happen to Julius. The safe play for him was to keep Paul locked up. Instead he felt comfortable letting Paul seek friends and the care they might give him. It’s said that character is what you do when no one is looking. Perhaps Julius recognized that Paul had character because of the conversations they had at sea. Good conversations can lead to trust and fellowship. When people see the character that we have because of our relationship with God, they are more likely to trust us and the God who loves us and changed us.
Lord, I don’t always show the character and the heart that I have because You changed me. Too often I let my old ways show. Please let my life reflect Your goodness and grace. Let others see the life that I have because You have restored my relationship with You.