In God’s Work There Are No If Onlys

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Acts 26:32

Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”


After the King and his associates had left the room and Paul was moved temporarily back to prison, King Agrippa said to Festus, the Governor, “If only Paul would not have appealed to Rome, he could have been set free right here. He did nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” But please remember my friend, “In God’s Work There Are No If Onlys.”


Either we believe the words of King David when he said, “The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord,” or we don’t. I don’t mean to be abrupt here, but the truth is that for the child of God, the two words “If Only” shouldn’t be a familiar statement for us. I believe my steps are ordered of the Lord. Paul had told the Saints in Ephesus in Acts 19:21 that he wanted to go to Rome. So when Paul appealed his case to Caesar, it was his way of saying, “No matter what happens, I will get to my God-given calling to visit Rome even if it is as a prisoner. And so, as Agrippa and Festus bemoaned Paul’s having to go to Rome and stand trial, I’ll guarantee you St. Paul was looking forward to it. Because “In God’s Work There Are No If Onlys!”


Dear Jesus,

With Your help this AM, I’m making a vow to you. From this point on, with YOUR HELP, I will never again bemoan my circumstances, knowing that “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord!” Amen



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