Acts 27: 24 “Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.”
Dei: a short but strong word. It means ‘it is necessary’.
There are some things in life, in our lives that are just necessary. They have to happen. It is used many times throughout the Bible and Luke uses it on several occasions in Luke/Acts.
Luke 2:49 “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” – There are times when only you truly know that you had to do something or be somewhere.
Luke 4:43 “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” – Knowing what is necessary will give you direction and help prioritise your life.
Luke 17:25 “But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.” – Struggles are eased when you know there is purpose.
Acts 1:21 “Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us” – After the days of despair and discouragement of fall-out and failure, the choice of what to do next is actually not a choice, it has to be done.
Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” – There is no greater must than this!
Acts 14:22 “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” – We long for the rule and blessing of God in our lives but there is only one way to that place.
Acts 23:11 “The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” – The Lord has plans that are definite for our lives.
Knowing what is Dei takes: Wisdom, Experience and Revelation.