Acts 25:26 “But I have nothing definite to write to His Majesty about him. Therefore I have brought him before all of you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that as a result of this investigation I may have something to write.”

Festus admits defeat. He cannot find anything to write about Paul to Caesar. Paul has not committed any crimes worthy of a trial in Rome. Festus would look foolish to send Paul to the Emperor without a reasoned report. So he is now hoping others especially Agrippa will be able to see something that he cannot.

Yesterday I was discussing with the students of the Missionary Academy how in some cultures the Bible is always read and studied together. One couple shared how as they were studying the Bible together they both saw things differently and yet it brought a fuller understanding. When I was a Pastor I had a season where I brought together groups of people to read the passage I would preach from before I actually prepared the message. Their task with me was to discover something through the lens of many not just mine. It went against my cultural upbringing of going into a solitary place with my Bible and God and coming down the mountain with a powerful word!

I say all that because this verse can tell us something today: we need others. Whether it is in the understanding of the Bible or trying to understand a person or situation, we need someone who is looking from a different angle.

If you are trying to make a decision today and you are not sure what to do then make sure you do not do that alone. Draw others in. Ask them what they see and what they would do. Remember that even from their perspective it is not complete. But the more sides you see into that decision making process the better you will be for making the decision.

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