The Acts of Disciples
They Work Through Troubles – Part II
Scripture Reading: Acts 13:13-52
Key Verses: Acts 13:50-51
Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. So, they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium.
In yesterday’s devotional we looked at the disagreement Paul and Barnabas had over John Mark’s departure from their first missionary journey. When time came to take a second journey, Barnabas wanted to invite John Mark to join them, but Paul adamantly refused. These two godly men were unable to agree, so they went their separate ways. Paul took Silas with him as his partner and Barnabas took John Mark.
My question for today is, what does God do when His people get into these kinds of issues? Romans 8:28 often works for this situation:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Yes, even in our disagreements God can work things out for His glory and our good.
In Paul’s and Barnabas’s situation, God worked in both partnerships and doubled the results for the Kingdom of God. Think about this. The two men Silas and John Mark undoubtedly learned great lessons working with Paul and Barnabas. All four of them learned that God could use people even when they have disagreements. The Apostle Paul later recognized that John Mark was of use to the Kingdom and probably mended this relationship (2 Timothy 4:11).
One of the reasons the Bible tells us to never judge people is because we do not know enough to judge correctly. We cannot see others’ inner thoughts and motivations and thus our judgements about them are seldom correct. We are to leave the judging to God who can see all things in all situations.
We will disagree with Pastors, teachers, and fellow Christ-followers at times, but learn to leave the judgement to God.
I hear people talk derogatorily about television preachers that they have never met and do not really know whether they are godly or scoundrels, yet they are willing to voice their negative opinions. What happens if they turn out to be God’s anointed for a specific purpose? Just because we disagree with the way they talk or their beliefs, does not mean God is not using them.
Let’s be careful about hurting anyone’s reputation by our negative talk and heed Jesus’s warning:
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” (Matthew 12:36)
Father, forgive me for speaking harmful words about people, hurting people that You love. Please remind me to leave judgments to You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.