It seems that God does not require us to be a “Bond 007” character to be His followers and get out of tough situations.
Reference: v.6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chans, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. (NIV Bible)
Explore: I know I’m female so shouldn’t be claiming this, but I actually don’t mind action movies. Sure, often they are a little lacking in story line, but they are usually quite entertaining. Sometimes I have to laugh, however when the hero of the movie is totally out-numbered and in a disasterous situation and yet somehow he seems to single-handedly fight off all the bad guys, save the mistress in distress and walk out with just a designer shaped scratch across his eyebrow! It’s this impossible scenario that makes the movie so entertaining.
Peter seems to have found himself in a similar situation. He is the hero of the story and yet we find him stripped of all his possessions, mistreated, chained with guards and sentries surrounding him. How could he ever get himself out of this situation? It seems that in this situation God does not need a “Bond 007” character to help him out. He sends an angel who frees Peter from his chains and walks him out of his prison environment.
The wonder of this story is that there is nothing on earth that can stop the actions of our Heavenly Father. It actually wouldn’t have mattered if Peter was crippled, surrounding by soldiers and trapped in a room with no door! If God desired it, Peter would have been able to walk out unharmed. In the end, Peter did not have to do anything, but follow God.
Application: I am willing to admit that I am often the first to doubt the power of God. I see the immensity of the situation surrounding me and feel overwhelmed by the impossibilities. It is so important for us to remember that nothing is impossible with God. The Creator of all things is still present in the world today. He loves us, cares for us, wants the best for us. This does not mean that we will have an ‘easy’ life, but it does mean that God will be with us every difficult step of the way.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for always being there for us. We can still witness Your miracles in our world today. We profess our faith in you again today and desire to trust in Your awesome power. Amen.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.