Monday, June 5
Peter and John were arrested for teaching about Jesus. In 4:18, it says the Sanhedrin (the rulers, elders and teachers of the law, making up Israel’s supreme court) called them in again and commanded them to not speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. Peter and John replied, and in verses 19-20, they said: “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” What do we do today? Do we listen to authorities rather than what God tells us to do? Are we too tied up in being politically correct to say this or that or just plain don’t say anything at all just to be ‘safe.’ I think many people today don’t want to ruffle any feathers so they just sit quiet. Do you stand up for what God says, or keep your mouth shut?
This just makes me think about being bold and not being afraid to speak the truth. You should pay more attention to what God would desire, rather than being afraid you might offend someone.
In 4:23 it says: “On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.” So when we see something that doesn’t agree with a teaching from God, are we silent, or do we speak up and explain what is right in God’s eyes.
In verse 29 it says: “Now Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” Peter and John asked the Lord for extra boldness to speak His word. Perhaps we should request the gift of boldness when it pertains to speaking up for what God instructs is correct. This week let’s look for more opportunities to be bold.