Only What God Can Do

by Gavin Tsuda on October 18, 2020

Today's Reading:
Job 3,4; Acts 8,9

Scripture

So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase. (Acts 9:31)

Observation

Even in the midst of some of the worst persecution in the early church, they were granted a period of peace. They were comforted by the Holy Spirit, and (earlier in the account) the Lord had miraculously transformed Saul. Saul who had persecuted them had become an instrument of the Lord. It was such a radical transformation, that many did not believe, and were suspicious of his motives. Nonetheless, God again did only what God can do.

Application

We often tend to have a bias toward the status quo. "Things will never change." We sometimes forget the great and miraculous things God has done, and how he has reshaped the world many times in the past. Today we see worldwide illness and strife and assume that it will forever remain in this state. In God's Word, we see how God has never left things the same. Until he returns, the change will be constant. God loves us too much to allow things to remain unchanged. We will experience seasons, and in some of those seasons, we will have rest and peace. I pray for the return of a season like that.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me. Thank you for loving your Church. Continue to watch over us and provide provision for us. Protect us from illness, and protect our hearts from strife. Do what only you can do. Allow us to love one another, and to pour out that love for others. Move us to a season of peace so that we may rest. Allow your peace to fall upon us no matter what we see occurring in the world. In Jesus name, amen

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