Things Gone Wrong Can Be Life
Scripture Reading: Acts 4:13-24
Key Verses: Acts 4:21-22
After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
“The rain falls on the good and the bad.” You may have heard that old saying.
When people use this phrase, they may not realize that they are quoting the Bible (Matthew 5:45). Yes, Jesus started that old saying. It reminds us that God allows life to happen (both good and bad) for everyone.
Those who reject God completely have the same privilege of breathing God’s air and using their God-given talents to make a living. The “rain” of material blessing has fallen on Tiger Woods, yet he curses God’s name continually. God does not strike people dead for rejecting Him. On the other side, Tiger faces the same daily frustrations and moments of anger as any of us.
Lots of money is no more a sign of God’s blessings than suffering is a sign of sin. Do not assume that God blesses or punishes people by judging their circumstances.
In today’s Scripture Reading, the rulers, elders, and teachers of the law brought before them Peter and John. They threatened Peter and John because of their preaching.
These threats affected Peter and John just like they would you and me. It is no fun to hear threats from anyone. In this world it happens. This life — and this world — is not friendly to God and His grace! God’s people can handle anything this world throws at them because we know who wins in the end!
The evil one puts thoughts in our minds that we are missing the good things in life. He is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). Resist him by clinging to God’s promises and the evil one flees from you (James 4:7).
Father, help me trust in Your protection when I face those who would do me harm. In Jesus’s Name, amen.