God Knows Best
By Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD | March 31, 2015
"This man was seized by the Jews and was about to be killed by them when I came upon them with the soldiers and rescued him, having learned that he was a Roman citizen" (Acts 23:27, ESV).
Read all of Acts 23.
In verses 1-3, I am inspired by Paul's boldness. He speaks intently about God's will, even while those around him have been commanded to strike him on the mouth. Then in verses 6-9, he wisely discerns characteristics of his audience and accusers that help steer them away from their untoward attention on him. He is able to stand strong through all of this, because of God's promise to him in verse 11. His trust in God is firm, as is his trust in the centurion who guards him as a prisoner and everyone's trust in the young boy, in verses 17, 21 and 23.
Now, here really are my favorite parts.
In verse 27, we realize that if Paul had not been Roman, he might not have been rescued. God chose to make Paul: born Roman, grown Pharisee, turned Christian. Paul, the apostle, was able to minister to and also be rescued by, among and from those of different worlds, because of God's intricate design of his life, upbringing, background and experiences.
In verses 34-35 (actually verses 16-35), we see clearly God's favor on Paul with those in authority.
Through all of the passage, we see the shadow and evidence of God's faithfulness.
What does this have to do with you and me?
God has a unique and particular purpose, destiny and calling for each of our lives in healthcare, to play a part in the story He is writing (and actually has already written) as He builds His kingdom. And for what He has called us individually and corporately to do for His kingdom, He gifts us with boldness, wisdom, strength, trust, favor, faithfulness and inner peace.
He gives us all we need to live, work and serve in peace with those around us, while yet still fighting on the winning side—the side for which Christ has already won the victory, on the cross and at His Father's right hand.
Walk in the confidence of what He has already planned, because even when we don't know which way to go, God has charted the best course. And if He charted it, He already knows it, and so we can trust Him to show us! We never walk alone.