Acts 21:32 (KJV) 32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.
A Roman commander was instrumental in saving Paul from very probable death. The mob purposed to kill him. They started the process; they beat him up. But when the news reached the Roman commander about a riot, he plainly yet responsibly disposed of his duty; he went and eventually saved the apostle. The commander was just doing his job, but he ended up being a part of the apostle’s destiny.
Never discount the potential role of unbelievers in our destiny. Not every unbeliever is out to get us. In fact, some of the worst oppositions, attacks, and harm we’ll experience may come from religious people – even fellow believers. Ouch! That really hurts and that’s really bad, but it really happens. Yes, bad things happen to good people and bad things happen between good people. And yes, good things may result from the works of unbelievers. God has shown us that He can and will bring into our lives anyone necessary for us to get to where God wants us to be, and to do what God wants us to do. It’s an awesome truth. God sends us to them to share the hope of salvation, and God sends some of them to us to make sure we get to keep on sharing this message. Let’s continue to love them, God does. Let’s appreciate them; they do a lot of good things – even for us – directly or as an after-effect.
Hallelujah!!! Oh the depths of the wisdom and ways of God! How amazing! Our God of love and wisdom, we honor you for the way you orchestrate everything for the best of everyone. How you are able to do it is a testimony of Your greatness. How marvelous; how wonderful!!! We love You. Happy Valentine!!! – in Jesus’ Name, amen.