The Jews conspired to kill Paul and his nephew got wind of this. He didn’t waste any time. He went to the barracks and told Paul. Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, “Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him.” So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, “Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you.” The commander seemed like a reasonable man. He took Paul’s nephew by the hand and led him aside where they would have more privacy. Paul’s nephew explained what the men were planning and warned the commander not to give into them. The commander let the young man go, warning him not to let anyone know that he had revealed these things to him.
We see God’s hand in what happened here. He protected Paul. Prior to Paul finding out about this plot, Jesus assured him, “Take courage, Paul. For as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome” (verse 11). Paul was to go to Rome to spread the Gospel. So, it makes sense that God would intervene and protect him from the wicked plot. God warns us through people of impending danger. My husband’s co-worker, *Bill once said to him, “Be careful. He doesn’t like you.” A little while later, when he asked Bill what he meant, Bill didn’t know what he was talking about. He had no clue. It was then that my husband realized that it was God who had warned him about his manager through Bill. In Paul’s case, God used his nephew to warn him of the danger he was in. It goes to show that with God there are no coincidences. Paul’s nephew was in the right place at the right time. It’s like Esther. She was in the right place at the right time to expose Haman’s wicked plot. Mordecai was in the right place at the right time when he overheard and exposed the plot against King Ahasuerus’ life.
There are times when God will put us in the right place at the right time to fulfill His plan. Like Paul’s nephew, Esther and Mordecai we must have the courage to do what is right. It could save lives.
*Not his real name.