Daily Devotion on Acts 12:1-18

Text: Acts 12:1-18

Our God is a very capable God. Read the story from Acts for today, God can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Peter was in need of help, he was going to die, so God simply stepped in and fixed the problem.

This story begs a question that has been asked by people all over the globe. If God is so able to help, why doesn’t he just fix all our problems like he did for Peter? I’m not asking all that much. He is the all powerful God; it won’t take too much effort to throw a few extra dollars into my bank account. He is the all powerful God, all he would have to do is say the word and all our troubles would disappear; the cancer would be gone, that nagging back pain would vanish, those aches and pains of old age would just cease to exist.

This question comes from a good place. God wants us to turn to him with all of our troubles. God is the only one who is able to and does offer aid and help faithfully because all good things come from him.

This question, while coming from a good place also displays a lack of perspective, patience and trust. From our perspective the only loving thing a loving God could do would be to give us what we want when we want it. From our perspective, we know what is best for us and so when God does not give us what we want then he must not be looking out for our best interests.

God does not promise to give us what we want, in fact God actually promises that he will allow hard times to come into our lives. Peter may have been saved from death by Herod’s hands, but this was not the last time he would face death. Church history informs us that Peter died on a cross, just like his Savior.

God’s plans are bigger than ours. They always have been, the always will be. From the very first moment that sin entered the world God has been orchestrating all of history so that you would end up in heaven with him for all eternity. God know what it will take to get you and me into heaven. Remember, he is the all powerful God, capable of doing whatever is best for us… and he will. You can trust him, he will never let you down.

Prayer:

Be still my soul; The Lord is on your side;

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

Leave to your God to order and provide;

In every change he faithful will remain

Be still my soul; your best, your heavenly friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Amen

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on April 20, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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