Key Texts: Acts 4:13-14
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus. When they saw the man who had been cured standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
Imagine: the learned and the powerful – speechless.
The bold witness of Peter and John stunned them and their actions – resulting in the physical healing of one man – and the spiritual healing of many others – spoke for themselves.
We rarely see such dramatic expressions of God’s power today (although some might challenge that and say the world at large just isn’t noticing the powerful things God is doing right in our midst.)
It is that one phrase in this passage of Scripture that leaps out at me: “they had nothing to say in opposition.”
I believe the world, for all its “wisdom” is still silenced by the stunning power of God at work.
The challenge to us is – do we know it? Do we recognize it as it happens? Do we even see it, much less understand it?
It is so easy to be distracted, busy, overwhelmed, worried, and confused.
That’s why it is so important to be an active part of a vibrant community of faith. That’s why it is so important to stay grounded in the Scriptures. That’s why it is so important to keep our spiritual eyes and ears – not to mention our hearts – open and willing to receive.
God is still at work, still doing wonderful and miraculous and powerful work, right under our noses.
That should give us all something to talk about.