Acts 23:12-15 12 The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul. 15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”
Surprise. Paul got himself into some more trouble. It’s not that he did anything wrong; it’s just that he was preaching Jesus and the Jews didn’t like it. He was frustrating the religious leaders because he was teaching something that was different than they taught. They had the same reaction to Jesus, too. So they had Paul arrested. While he sat in prison, some Jews got together and decided to take a vow to not eat until they had captured and killed Paul. Little did they know they were about to be really hungry.
God protected Paul. These thugs thought they could just seize and kill God’s anointed, but God had other plans – He used Roman soldiers to guard Paul and usher him to safety. They were protecting a prisoner. A prisoner. And it wasn’t just a little bit of protection. He wasn’t guarded by 5 secret service agents. No, he was sent out of town escorted by 200 soldiers, 70 horsemen, and 200 spearmen. Does that seem excessive to anyone else besides me? Paul gets a death threat and the commander surrounds him with 470 members of the armed forces. That’s some serious protection!
Isaiah 54:17 says “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. That verse is for you today. No weapon formed against you will prosper! Your God will protect you. And everyone who tries to falsely accuse you will have the tables turned on them. God will take care of you and He will take care of them. Put it in His hands. Put your life in His hands. He is your mighty fortress; He is your God!
*Do you feel like you are getting attacked today? Remember to run to your protection and He will ensure that no weapon formed against you will prosper.