Bible Study & Devotional 185
Written by: Torrie Slaughter
Guiding Scripture: Acts 22:19-21, ” ‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’ “
🔴But, Not Yet
Have you ever felt you deserved something right away? Most of us think of good stuff that will enhance our quality of life. It is rare to desire punishment.
Acts 22:19-20 reflects Paul’s comprehension of the Kingdom of God. He acknowledges that he knows he must endure the consequences of his rebellion. Those who trusted and believed in Jesus Christ, Paul sought out and condemned to death. Even while preaching and teaching, he knew how his previous actions hurt his testimony.
Our God is merciful and works out everything for the good of those who love Him. Just as Shimei cursed David (2 Samuel 16:12)while he and his household were fleeing to Jerusalem to escape Absolam, Paul justified his attackers’ actions.
As you read today, think about the times you’ve stood idly by perhaps protecting your reputation or finances. What do you deserve for guarding your idols?
Do not fret or be dismayed because Satan wants us to believe that our God will not forgive our trespasses. The guilt and shame can either improve or weaken our Christian testimony. When people notice how we deal with conflict and the measures used to resolve it may increase the division. Only God can unify and bring about peace. However, be warned. If the hearts of those surrounding us do not align with Jesus, be prepared to endure a bit longer.
God will send you to other places to further the Gospel. All you need to do is submit to His will and listen to His voice. Never tire of telling your personal conversion story.
Oswald Chambers wrote, “If my testimony makes anyone wish to emulate me, it is a mistaken testimony; it is not a witness to Jesus.”
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
2 Kings 23:31-25:30, Acts 22:17-23:10, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 18:13
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