Thursday, 17th May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 22:30, 23:6-11
Acts 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
The conclusion of a reflection some days ago was ‘Don’t underestimate the power of agreement’, and today, we see this represented clearly in the Sanhedrin. The two opposing sides of this court were nearly at each other’s throats as Paul made his defence since he spoke a truth that received the typical expected response – agreement or opposition. The truth that’ he was at trial because of his hope in the resurrection of the dead’.
Though Paul spoke a truth, he walked into the Sanhedrin to defend his case armed with an extra piece of information that the Sanhedrin composed of two parties with very opposing view points’. This was the crack Paul sought to use to his advantage, and how effective it was, owing to the fact that his whole defence was made up of just one statement.
What is the message for us then? My dear, it is important not just to know where we are at any moment in time, but to also have an idea of what resources are at our disposal in that setting within which we find ourselves. This includes information, human and material resources, as well as seeking to gain a clear understanding of how those resources can be effectively used in our lives.
The people, information and things that surround us are not just for show- they are for our use as they have the capacity to affect our very lives. So beloved, don’t stand with your hands up in the air complaining of ‘having nothing that helps’ because if you cast eyes around, God has placed resources at vantage points for your benefit. If you can’t see them, you can always look up to Him because the source of all things is on your side ready to listen when you call.
Remember # If you look around you’ll, realise you have what you need