Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 24, 2007
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
In today’s writing from Acts God continues to show himself through the faith of his people. Barnabas and Paul preach the Good News in Icon’ium. The people are divided between those that believed and those that did not. We are told that the Jews poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against them. Their lives were threatened so they left and went to another town to preach the Gospel. Here they cured a cripple who had never walked. We read that Paul looked at him intently and knew that he believed. He told him it was his faith that made him well.
The people who witnessed this did not understand and interpreted what they saw according to their own beliefs. They thought that they were the gods Zeus and Hermes and tried to worship them. Paul and Barnabas used this to teach them that all things come from God. The proof of God’s love is all around in those things that let us live and bring us joy.
Again in this story we see God showing himself to the world through the acts of love by one person to another. I think of the personal sacrifices made by those teenagers and members of Saint Matthews in the mission trips to New Orleans and Belize. These are wonderful acts of God’s witness. These are experiences that will enrich the lives of those who go and those they minister to. God continues to show himself through those whow witness to Christ’s sacrifice and lead us to show our love for others through our own sacrifice. This proves to all that God is alive and well and living among us.
God is good! AMEN
John Dickie, July 24, 2007