“But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.”
- Acts 12:24 NIV
In the western world we often regard stories like Peter’s miraculous release from prison or Herod’s spectacular death as either fairy tales or products of a time when God worked supernaturally--something we assume He no longer does.
The truth is that to truly believe God became a man named Jesus who walked among us, died, and then came back to life requires far more faith in the supernatural than believing God can heal someone who is sick or set someone free from jail.
To deny the miracles we read about in the Bible as too fantastic to be true or to think that God couldn’t possibly perform a miracle in the modern world while at the same time committing one’s life to following Jesus, well… that’s simply illogical. If God can come as a man, die, and come back to life, certainly he can act supernaturally in the world today. We all doubt at times, but the Bible teaches us to ask for more faith when we doubt.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.