The next morning
Acts 23:12 “The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.”
A lot can happen in 24 hours. In that time everything can change. We will forever remember 11th September 2001 and the destruction of New York’s Twin Towers. We remember where we were on that day. We know it changed everything.
For Paul, the night before was a time of the visitation of Jesus. He was near Paul. He was comforting, encouraging and showing him the way and what to do. We long for the visitations of God. When they come we want them to remain. But the next morning comes and for Paul he saw the enemy flex their muscles even further, determined more than ever that Paul would not make it to Rome but that he would die as soon as possible.
On one certain day the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel and then this happened …”So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.” (24:18)
Today may be very important for your tomorrow. Today maybe a day when you get encouraged, when you do your best work, a day perhaps to plan, to see something fresh in the Bible, to commit to God and resolve to do His will. Tomorrow you will be tested.
Today maybe the day of testing. You will need to remind yourself of yesterday. Perhaps you cannot see tomorrow and today is too dark to make any sense at all and all you have left is the yesterday of promise and commitment. It is important sometimes to not let go of the yesterday revelation and command.
Paul would need to rely on the Lord’s promise for his future that came yesterday because the next morning it all became worse.