2/26/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:13-17 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

This is an interesting aspect of scripture. The religious leaders knew that the healing of this man was a miracle, yet they didn’t care. They knew that Peter and John were changing lives, yet they didn’t care. They didn’t care because the miracle that happened didn’t line up with their needs. They didn’t care because the efforts of Peter and John didn’t line up with their desires. So instead of embracing the movement of God, they were devising ways to halt His movement among the people. They were upset, but is that really surprising? We get the same way at times. We become agitated when we feel like we are not getting the response we desire. We get angry when we are not getting the results we feel we are entitled to receive. We feel this way because God is supposed to be on our side, but so many times it seems like He is working against our wishes. God can do anything He chooses. He can reverse any situation, if He chooses. He can change change any circumstance we are going through, if He chooses. But God knows exactly what we need, and His actions or lack thereof occur with this in mind. Sometimes things happen. Sometimes we must endure situations. Sometimes we must feel pain, but in the end we will become better people and better servants of God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me find peace within Your presence as I endure what life brings.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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