Heavenly Father, what a fascinating section of Scripture in these chapters, where Paul is accused, put on various trials, sent to various High Priests, a King, and finally Caesar himself. During this time, he is left in chains in prison for years, survives a shipwreck and a snake bite. But Lord, You were always in control, and Your plans and purposes were being worked out in the life of this faithful servant, for the furtherance of the gospel and for Your praise and glory. When my life seems to always be going in the wrong direction, help me to faithfully trust in You, as Paul did, and I pray You would use me in the furtherance of the gospel for Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name, AMEN.