When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison. Acts 24:27
The heart of the king is in God’s hand and God chose to not to stir Felix’s heart. For two years, a dedicated and skilled church planter remained sidelined in jail.
God does not worship productivity; not even productivity in ministry. He values his name and loves his children, but he is not addicted to efficiency (as viewed from a capitalistic worldview). This is not to say that we are not to redeem the time, but that his ways are higher than our ways.
Prayer: Lord, if you saw fit to assign Moses 80 years of preparation, Jesus 30 years of obscurity before a three-year ministry, and Paul a two-year stay in prison, then I will gladly accept your assignment of a year in preparation before resuming a more public ministry. I will also gladly accept your assignment to minister to smaller numbers if that is your will. By faith, I believe you have granted my request that I simply be somewhere that you deem strategic ministering in a manner consistent with the way you made me. Amen.