It’s not in the verse, but it is the answer!
Acts 25:24 “Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer.”
When Festus said ‘the whole Jewish community’ he was referring to all the Sanhedrin and the chief priests who wanted Paul dead.
“You see this man, everyone wants him dead.”
You may know what it is like to be centre stage and have such pressure from all around you that it is strangling the very life out of you. The circumstances and people of your world are looking at you and crushing you, shouting at you, demanding more.
Some days you are just standing there in the crowds of people but alone because no one understands
Paul had waited for trial, imprisoned for 2 years. The same people wanting him dead had also waited. They hadn’t changed their mind, they hadn’t altered their cause. Some people can be so persistent when they want to be. The time rolls by and nothing has changed, if desire was enough then life would be easier by now, but desire isn’t, the pressure is the same.
How do you get through it?
So I look back into the verse for an answer to that question. But I don’t find that answer. There are no people who can help, Festus, Agrippa, the Jewish contingent all play a role in Paul’s life but they don’t give him the answer. They have their own agenda. People will not change till they get what they want from your life. There are no places that can help. If Paul went to Jerusalem it would get worse for him if he remained in Caesarea it wouldn’t change.
If you are in a situation that is similar to Paul today and you are feeling the crush of the crowd. Then there is probably nothing from within your circumstance, whether people or places that can help to change that for you. The answer is outside the verse. God is outside. He has brought this verse into being. In order to get through it then you need to go to Him. We don’t see Paul pray or worship or read the Scriptures. Others may never see your devotional life, all they will see is you and the verse of pressure and challenge and they will ask as we ask of Paul, “How do they get through it?” The answer is not in the verse, it often isn’t. It is hidden, in a secret place, where you go every day in order to get through that day.