More Than Bread Devotional for 1/18/12

10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city.  It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”  – Acts 12:10-11

Sometimes when we read things in the Bible, we can tend to get a little overwhelmed at the amazing nature of the story.  Peter’s escape from prison is a wonderful thing, but I have been asked often over the years why it is that God doesn’t do things like this in our lives as believers today?  First let me say, He does do things like this in the lives of believers today.  I have heard the stories and seen the things God can and has done in the lives of countless folks who follow Him.

It isn’t a question of why God doesn’t do these things, rather the person asking is really wanting to know why they don’t experience these types of miracles from God.  My answer to that has become very simple.  If you don’t see it, it is because you don’t need the miracle at all.  Peter was imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel and his very life was in danger.  Have you ever been in such peril for the sake of the Gospel?  I know the story of at least one brother in Christ who was and he indeed walked out of a maximum security prison in China.  Our God will not fail, but He isn’t about to start performing “miracles for show” either.  God isn’t out to impress you, but He is always ready to deliver you.

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About jeofurry

Husband, father, pastor, musician and who knows what else. Just living to love the Lord will all my heart, soul and might.
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