Saturday: 27th April, 2019
Reference text: Acts 4:13-21
Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Sometimes, the contrasting attitudes we see in life cause us to think about things differently. The actions of Peter and John from the Acts of the Apostles puts this into some perspective.
These were the very same disciples who a few weeks earlier, had vehemently refused to acknowledge two separate witness accounts of the resurrection. They were a part of the eleven whose hardened hearts and unbelief was rebuked by Jesus when He appeared to them.(Mark 16:9ff) Yet today, they take a firm stand before the Council in defiance of the commands issued to them.
They had been given strict instructions: ‘do not speak at all or teach in the name of Jesus’ (v18b). However, their responses were even more daring: ‘we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’ (v20). It seemed Peter and John wanted to tell the council ‘as much as we would love to do as you have told us, we can’t because all that flows out of our being is the testimony of what we have witnessed. It is all our that consumes us’.
These men went from a state of absolute doubt to one of absolute faith. So whether we choose to call it a quantum jump or an atomic excitation, the shift in attitude is clear. Sweetheart change is possible in every sphere of life when it is initiated by the God in whose hands even the heart of a king flows like a river.
So is there anyone for whom you desire a real change, not born out of selfish intentions? It could even be for yourself. Is it a change of heart? a change of focus? Or an embrace of deeper faith? There is one way to guarantee results: present the desired change before the throne of grace. Pray for and trust God to direct the course of the rivers of the heart. That will bring true change.