Bible Devotions

What Shall We Do?

on September 19, 2007

thinkonit-devotions-yellow-sunflowerdelight.jpg   Read Acts 4:14-22 

A paraphrase of what the elders said in Acts 4:14-17 follows.   What shall we do?  A great miracle was done and evident by all, we cannot deny it.  But let’s threaten them not to speak in this name so it doesn’t spread.


How easy it is to miss the beauty of God.  These religious folks were so bound to their way of thinking they missed the glory of God being displayed before them.  They missed the invitation to join God’s family by receiving Jesus Christ as the Son of God.  They were, instead, more concerned about their own power and influence over the people, than knowing the truth.  How sad. 


How many of us are like that at times?


In Acts 4:18-20 Peter and John put the ball back in the elder’s court when they announced. “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than God, you judge.  For we cannot but speak the things we have seen and heard.”  Peter and John didn’t argue with the elders or try to convince them to believe.  They simply pointed them back to God and carried on their mission of telling others what they saw and heard.  What an example. 


How do you react when someone tries to get you to stop talking about Jesus?  We have an example, don’t we?  We shall carry on regardless of what people think.  For we can do all things through Jesus who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).


Read the rest of Acts 4 to find out what happened.  This I will tell you – “they all glorified God because of what had been done.”


Lord, help us carry Your message to others so You will be glorified.  In Jesus’ name Amen.


© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit today.


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