Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sun.’s Devo - God’s Ways are Not Ours

Read: 2 Samuel 22:21-23:23; Acts 2:1-47; Psalm 122:1-9; Proverbs 16:19-20
Second Samuel 22 is the Messianic chapter of Jesus’ three hours of darkness on the cross. It coincides with David’s last words. Jesus proclaims his works on the earth and how God fought his enemies and strengthened him. David proclaims that his enemies are the sons of Belial - the wicked ungodly men which are to us demons, powers and principalities. Then David honors, by name, his mighty men, his faithful protectors and followers. Notice that Uriah is the thirty-seventh one mentioned. He was the husband of Bathsheba who David had murdered. Out of tens of thousands of men, these men were worth mentioning. These men were warriors, the elite of his team. Killing Uriah was a great price to pay for sin. That is how sin is; it costs you much.
In Acts, men from all over the inhabited world had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Some were proselytes which are those that had converted to Judism. God had called them to a celebration where he would show up and manifest his power. They were to hear the gospel in their language and carry it back to their home land. Only God could have come up with such a powerful way of evangelism. When God wants to touch a people, he has a way. We are just to be the willing vessel. The disciples were obeying their one command - to go to Jerusalem and wait. They did and God did not disappoint. God made them irresistible and bypassed all their natural boundaries. He put a flame of fire on their heads drawing attention to them, then gave them the tongue of the nations attending. They didn’t have to worry about what to say, the Holy Spirit said it through them. I wonder if they knew what their mouths were speaking. When Peter stood up, he had to be speaking his language which was being interpreted into the ears of the hearers. How wonderful is that! The United Nations has nothing on God!

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