Daily D – Acts 5:38-39
Acts 5:38, 39 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” (NIV)
In an age where everyone feels compelled to shout, it is the quiet calm of wisdom that should be heard most carefully.
Truth does not require a megaphone. Truth is loud in all the right ways without asking favors from unnecessary amplification.
It was a noisy crowd who got Jesus crucified.
It was a quiet morning when Jesus arose.
The Apostle Paul, who experienced both sides of shouting, said we are to speak the truth in love. He said we are to live peaceful, quiet lives.
Shrieks and war cries are fitting for demons and warriors, not for Christians with quiet confidence in truth that endures forever.
God can do more with his silence than we can we our protestations.
Acts 2-5 tell stories of intense moments of truth sharing by the Apostles and other Spirit-filled disciples. They spoke boldly, clearly, truthfully, and joyfully. They did not belittle anyone. They did not engage in “Yeah, but . . .” retorts. They did not trust their own knowledge and wisdom but instead fully leaned on the Spirit’s empowering declarative presence.
Acts 4:8-10 is typical:
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”
The first words are respectful. The truth is simply declared. The evidence is clear.
Go thou and do likewise.
I will speak the truth in love simply, with respect, trusting God to do more in silence than I can with amplification.
Our Father, please forgive us for attempting to shout down those who disagree with us. Please forgive us for trying to overpower others with pugnacious behavior. Bless us with the filling and empowering of your Spirit which emboldens us and opens the ears of those who hear your words of truth and life. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.