In Acts 4 we see that there seem to be two main responses in the face of disruption, interruption and change. Between the religious leaders and Peter and John, we see two distinct reactions to the miraculous healing of the lame man in Acts 3. The challenge for us is to consider how we would respond: Are we like the religious leaders, blinded by their own personal agendas and unable to see the power of God at work? Or are our eyes open to recognize God’s hand? Regardless of what type of disruption, interruption and change we experience, we have the same options in our response. How do you respond today?
b. What words jump out at you?
c. Why do you think the religious leaders had this reaction
b. What else do you learn about the religious leaders from Peter’s words?
c. What encourages you about how Peter responds to the religious leaders?
WHAT WILL YOU DO
God speaks to us regularly and often uses circumstances to redirect, remind or focus our hearts back on Him. When we experience disruption, interruption and change in our lives, we have an opportunity to hear from God. If we are preoccupied by our own personal agendas, we may miss His voice. Even good things such as family, job, friends, or ministry can become a distraction if they are causing us to take our eyes off God. In the midst of your situation, will you pray for yourself as Elisha prayed for his servant, “Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see”? The circumstances may not change, but if our eyes are open, we can see how God is using the situation to grow us, use us and be glorified.
“And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see” – 1 Kings 6:17a NIV