was hedging his bets. He was powerful, and must have enjoyed the flattery showered on him by the lawyers in his court. He knew something of the Christian Way, and therefore was not willing to rule against Paul, but he wasn’t willing to set him free either. When he asked Paul to tell him more about his message, he was disturbed by it – if he believed the new Christian teachings, he had to
believe that this life is not all there is, and that there would be a judgment day. He would have to give up the lifestyle that he enjoyed so much. Felix was the ultimate non-decider, and I’m reminded of the axiom, “not to decide IS to decide.” He even left Paul in prison when he left office, as a favor to the Jews.
God uses all situations to the good, so the result was that Paul was able to write and teach from prison and those who wanted to be rid of him did not have the opportunity to kill him.
How much better it would be for all of us if we worked for God’s purposes instead of getting in the way. I hope that when I have to make choices I choose the ultimate good instead of short-term benefits. When you think about it, choices like this come up every