Text: Acts 4:1-37
In the previous chapter, Peter and John, by the power of the ascended Christ, speak healing to a man over forty (40) years of age, who had been lame from birth. The apostles were arrested and questioned by the religious authorities. The Jewish authorities commanded the apostles to stop preaching Christ and threatened punishment if they continued. But the apostles flatly refused because of the necessity (v.12). After they were released, they went to be with the other believers and told them the story.

Everyone rejoiced and praised God. In their prayer they acknowledged that godless men were against Jesus “ to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” They were confessing that God planned Jesus’ execution and that He did it by using wicked men. That is how God purchased the salvation of His people.

This is an amazing theological insight about God’s Sovereignty – it is Absolute! Basically, the believers are saying that God plans all things and does all things by using things, including wicked people. We should never think God is just watching the world’s events, allowing some and stopping other things. Of course, there is more to be said about this doctrine, but it is also a doctrine of comfort. When difficulties come into your life, you can be confident that it is part of God’s plan for your good, and He is making it happen. That also means He will not do you harm. You will probably not like it, but you are safe. When troubles come, do not be anxious; the Lord is in charge. Rest in the goodness and love of Christ.

Meditate on verse 12. How are you going to apply it to your life?

Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we thank You for the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Amen.