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Some of God's Best People are in Chains

During my regular Bible study recently I came across a surprising passage.  I've been following the Apostle Paul traveling across great regions of the world bringing the Gospel to the multitudes.  I sat in amazement as the Jesus revealed Himself to Saul in a blinding vision on the road to Damascus and the trajectory of Saul's life was completely and utterly transformed.  My heart was full as I read of Saul's healing, filling with the Holy Spirit and calling to the Gentiles as Ananias laid hands on him.  I followed as Paul moved forward into the beginning stages of all God has prepared for his life since the creation of the world - preaching across great regions of the earth, bringing the Good News of God's sacrifice to many people for the first time in their lives.  Over many years, dutifully fulfilling his calling from heaven and seeing great fruit as result.  And then I read this passage ...

"Then he ordered the centurion to keep [Paul] in custody, but to treat him with indulgence [giving him some liberty] and not to hinder his friends from ministering to his needs and serving him .. But when two years had gone by, Felix was succeeded in office by Porcius Festus; and wishing to gain favor with the Jews, Felix left Paul still a prisoner in chains." (Acts 24:24, 27, Amplified).

It hit me, some of God's best people are in chains.  (Including thousands of believers around the world today). 

The question then begs to be asked: why would God allow this ...