Acts 24:25 – And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
What was the result of Paul’s reasoning with Felix? Well, he received a powerful witness, and from that came an insight that he needed to talk more with Paul; obviously there was more he needed to know. But part of the delay Felix desired arose from Felix’ thought that Paul might offer him a bribe to get out of his predicament. The bribe, however, was not forthcoming. And allow me to insert just a thought here. If Christians are to be poor, why would Felix, after having time with Paul, ask him to meet later, with hopes he would receive a bribe? Just a thought.
Another insight here is that those who do not understand the depth of the need for a strong Christian witness is Felix’ words to Paul; “Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” The problem with folks not understanding the importance of that strong Christian witness is they don’t realize a “convenient season” may not come. Only those who are in Christ have a promise of tomorrow. Some would say no one has a promise of tomorrow, but the believer certainly does. Read Psalm 91:14-16.
But something happened to Felix that cannot be ignored. When Paul had given his witness, “Felix trembled.” My friend, when the Word of God, when a true witness for Christ is given, it carries with it the power to shake those who hear. In too many churches today, the only shaking is from the vibration of the drums. We need the return of shaking or trembling that comes from the power of the witness of the Word. For that to be accomplished, we may have to put the program aside for the power of God. It might be said that in many cases, the power of God in the upper room has given place to the program of man in the supper room (a paraphrase of Leonard Ravenhill). I hear this almost daily from men of God, and see it far more often than I would like as I travel. The only thing shaking (trembling) in most praise services is the tambourine; in the preaching service, it is the person nervously reacting to his cell phone ringing, and in the alter service, it’s the hands of two folks greeting one another. Oh, that we may see shaking once again that comes under the power of God, anointed preaching of the Word, and conviction of Holy Ghost at an alter service. If we see trembling in those places, we’ll see it in the homes, marketplaces, schools, and even business and industry.
Manna for Today – Acts 24:22-27; Isaiah 1:18-20; Daniel 5:1-12; Acts 4:31; Hebrews 12:18-29; Acts 16:26