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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Acts 28 : 11-31

So they left, disagreeing among themselves, after Paul had said this one thing: "How well the Holy Spirit spoke through the prophet Isaiah to your ancestors! For he said, 'Go and say to this people: You will listen and listen, but not understand; you will look and look, but not see, because this people's minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand, and they would turn to me, says God, and I would heal them.” -Acts 28:25-27[GNT]

Submitting our hearts and minds to the authority of the word of God goes far beyond ordinary listening. It is a good idea to listen but a willing submission to The Truth is of more relevance. Hearing and Listening to the word of God produces faith, but willing submission to its truths prepares us for greater tasks.  It is only when we wholeheartedly submit ourselves to God’s divine authority by upholding the truths of His Word, that we are set aside and commissioned for divine assignments which are often coupled with opposing challenges.

 

Paul’s expression to the Jews in Vs.17-20 helps us to understand the level of oppositions and challenges he was faced with. The many oppositions and hardships he suffered on the way to Rome did not deter him in any way in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ! In all of these situations, he was calm and willing to cope, open to questions, ready to defend the faith and present the Master’s voice.

 

God has a purpose for every moment in our lives and work with Him. He uses circumstances to mould our character. In fact, to make us like Jesus, He depends on the circumstances we go through, along with our reading and studying of His Word. In as much as our reading and studying the Bible is important, it is in bringing those truths alive in different situations that help us grow in Him. We are face to face with different circumstances twenty-four hours a day which gives ample opportunities to apply God’s principles.

 

Jesus warned us that we would have problems in the world. No one is immune to pain or insulated from suffering, and no one gets to skate through life, problem-free! As willing submission to the truths of His Word brings us much more closely and connected with the Lord, His will and purpose become our desired project! In all of these, our hope in difficult times is not based on positive thinking or natural optimism. It is certainly based on the truths that Jesus is Lord and God who is in full control of our universe, loves us so dearly.  God’s plan for our lives involves all that happens to us, including our mistakes, sins, and hurts, etc. God can bring good out of the worst and wicked situation. [Refer: Job 33:27-30, Isaiah 55:6-9, Psalm 50:15, Luke 23:39-43, Acts 9:1-18]

 

Often God uses the chisel of adversity to chip off our rough edges so that we can become jewels for His use. God is always happy to have his submissive vessels to go through the crucibles of life to earn the proceeds from the wisdom of such experiences. They become tools to mould us so that we become effective propagators of His truth.  Then the message of our Lord Jesus Christ, His love for humanity and His finished work on the cross captivate the whole fiber of our being in the liberation of souls to the glory of His name.

 

To Meditate: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”-Romans 8:28

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