Finding someone who knows
Acts 26: 3 “… and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.”
Paul is defending himself before Agrippa. We now see the reason why he thinks himself fortunate. It is because he is not speaking to someone who doesn’t understand the Jewish culture. Agrippa was not ignorant and because of that Paul felt safe to begin his defence.
Finding somebody who not only will listen to you but who understands your life is so important.
Those who are ignorant to your life, work, your ways and challenges can only offer nodding heads and passing comments which may not help but also hinder your progress.
We all need someone who understands and who can see the difficulties we go through. They may even be people you would never expect to know. Agrippa’s great grandfather was Herod the Great who had attempted to kill Jesus as a child. His father was King Agrippa I, who beheaded James and tried to kill Peter also. The point is you wouldn’t think Agrippa standing as judge before Paul would be making him feel fortunate. Don’t dismiss people outside of your situation or profession or even culture. Like Paul you may end up saying ‘I am fortunate to have you and to speak with you’.