Herod was a wicked man whom Rome had allowed to be king in Jerusalem (vv.1-5). Herod wanted to please the Jews, so he began to destroy the Christians, beginning with James (the brother of John). Herod then arrested Peter. But during the night the Lord sent an angel to rescue Peter. The prison doors were opened, Peter’s chains fell off, and he walked out. The Lord prevented the guards from seeing it.
Why didn’t the Lord rescue James? Why didn’t he rescue Stephen? The Bible frequently does not answer the “why” questions. But the Bible does teach that God is the absolute Sovereign – absolutely! All things happen according to His good eternal plan and work (Act 4:28). All things are God’s creatures, and He does with us whatever He desires. His work with Stephen and James was finished, but not yet with Peter. As long as you live, it is for God’s reasons.
When He is ready, He will end your life and bring you to Himself. While you have breath, love and serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Meditate on verse 5. How are you going to apply it to your life?
My heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, increase my commitment to prayer. Amen.