Category: Daily Devotion
Then as now, people can see with their eyes and hear with their ears, but if their heart is not open to the Good News, it’s as if their eyes are closed and their ears are plugged. To be open to the Holy Spirit, your heart has to be open too.
Paul was telling everyone who would listen that: (a) salvation is in Jesus Christ, (b) that through Jesus, God’s promised covenant and Kingdom is expanded to all nations, and (c) that Gentiles shouldn’t be required to observe certain Jewish customs in order to be included as members in the newly forming Christocentric community of believers.
I don’t know why hard times come and I don’t know why we go through hard times! Paul went through many hard times and we certainly are living through difficult times right now. As John Wesley says “The best of it all is, God is with us.”
Is God involved in our journeys? I believe so. Does God care about our safety and well-being? Absolutely! Does God speak messages of warning, or hope? Yes – and if we listen, we might hear.
Friends, God is always with us! Always!
I believe that God wants us to learn, to explore new ideas, and use our minds. But what are we to do when the things we learn challenge our deeply held beliefs?
If there is one thing that we all understand about patience, it is this: we all want patience – and we all want it right now! It just doesn’t come that way.
Here is an invitation. Live into a life of integrity. Have courage in the person God has created you to be.
Acts 25:13-22 (CEB)
How do you solve a problem like Paul? What do you do with a person who does not fit with the status quo or follow established community norms?
How do we have peace in a world of injustice?