Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Friday, September 23, 2011

Daily Word September 23, 2011

Acts 8:1
"And Saul approved of his execution.  And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles."

So we have been watching this persecution unfold.  We have seen its timing - when the church was on the move.  We have seen two responses to it - some scattered and others stayed the course.  Now this morning, let's reflect on what God was doing in the middle of the persecution.

Often times as believers, we assume that if we are going in God's direction, being obedient to God's command for our lives, that everything will be wonderful and perfect, the skies aren't cloudy all day, "nothing but blue skies", and so on.  When in reality, when we are most faithful, it seems our circumstances seem to often become more difficult.  But persecution is not to be seen as the absence of God's presence.  Instead, we should see persecution as an opportunity for God to move.  Here in Acts 8, the great Apostle Paul is introduced to us.  While he is not shown in a positive light, the very mention of his name shows us that God was doing something with him.  Not only this, but the apostles were given the responsibility of taking the gospel to the ends of the earth and now with this great dispersion (because of the persecution), we see that happening.  Before, the gospel had been confined primarily to Jerusalem.  But now, the people were forced to expand their borders as the persecution caused them to run for their lives.

Beloved, God is not watching the storm from a distance, He is right in the middle of it.  That's our thought for the day.

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