The Problem-Free Christian Life
Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 23,24; Psalm 14; Acts 5
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 5:12-26
Peter and John had become a thorn in the side of the Sanhedrin. After being told not to preach anymore in Jesus name, they instead continued preaching, were arrested, and put in jail. However, an angel came to them, opened the jail, and let them out. The angel had specific instructions for Peter and John. They were told to go to the temple courts and preach the Gospel boldly. This action would cause them to be arrested again. After much debate about what to do about Peter and John, we find out later in the chapter that the Sanhedrin, “called the apostles in and had them flogged“. (Acts 5:40)
For some people, it may seem strange that the angel of God would give Peter and John directions that would ultimately lead to them being arrested and beaten. Sometimes people tend to think that if they obey God they will not have to face troubling times (such as imprisonment and flogging). Some people believe that following God will lead to a problem-free Christian life. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily the case. Sometimes following God’s instructions can cause us great pain. The pain we must bear might be physical, or it might be emotional, but it is pain nonetheless. While obeying God’s commands will ultimately lead to blessings for us, we must realize and accept that those blessings do not always come in this life. Sometimes listening to God and going where He tells us to go will cause this life to be filled with pain and suffering instead. I know what you might be thinking…that does not sound like a very attractive sales pitch for Christianity. It would be much easier to convince others to follow Jesus by telling them that conversion will make all of their problems go away and will provide them with that problem-free life that seems so elusive, but it would also be a lie. Fortunately, we can rest assured that God’s blessings will come, and the blessings will be more than we can ever imagine.
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