“When I have a convenient season” Acts 24:25
Paul almost lost his life in Jerusalem. When he went into the temple with some friends, a riot situation developed. Paul would have been murdered had it not been for the timely intervention of the chief captain of the Roman army, who took him into custody for his own safety.
Later, when he was defending himself, the people were so incensed that they would have killed him had not the soldiers rescued him. The next day over forty men took an oath not to eat or drink until Paul was dead. One wonders what happened to them and their oath, for Paul lived quite some years after this incident!
To bring calm, Claudius Lysias sent Paul by night under heavy guard from Jerusalem to the Roman headquarters at Caesarea. There the Jews were invited to lay their charges against Paul in a reasonable manner. Felix, the Roman procurator of Judea, listened intently to Paul’s story and, some days after the hearing, called for Paul to speak to him and his wife about Christ and the Christian faith. So powerfully did Paul speak of “righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come” that Felix was literally terrified. He quickly dismissed Paul and told him he would call him at some convenient season.
It is the old story, putting off to tomorrow what should be done today. Do you delay coming to Christ because you think a better opportunity will present itself? There is no better time than now.
Christian, is God leading you to some special service, which you keep putting off, waiting for a more convenient season? There is no time like the present.