Friday, July 15, 2005

Acts 13:13-25

I am on vacation and this morning the weather forecast read, "temperatures ranging from the 60's on the coast to 100 degrees well inland" which sounded a little funny to me, but I am in the San Francisco area. For a break from Virginia summer heat, visiting San Francisco in the summer is like buying an airline ticket to sit in the frige.

A cool breeze is comforting and it's comforting to my spirit to read this account of how God has worked to reach out, through history, to each of us. This movement of the Gospel in to "all the world" started with a prayer meeting (Acts 13:1-2) and I like the thought of my fellow believers and I being spiritual descendants of that prayer meeting. It's a great reminder to me to pray for the spread of the Gospel. Also, God spoke to those gathered while they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, and this reminds me to be sensitive to listen to the voice of God.

At a synagogue in Pisidian Antioch, Paul recounted how God was at work in the history of the Jews. Circumstances did not often look promising, but God had promised; and He was at work, for example while the Jews were in Egypt and during the Exodus. God's goal was met in the coming of Jesus and then the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. What a joy to have this Companion to comfort us in life.

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