Reading through the Bible together
Unfortunately, when miracles are happening, the devil is always at work trying to stop the blessings. And so it was not long before Peter and John were arrested by the religious leaders of the day and rudely questioned, “By what power are you doing this work?” (vs. 7). They could have been in fear and come up with some answer to side-step the question or take the focus off Jesus. After all, they knew what happened to Jesus. He was crucified! But they didn’t try to cover up the truth. Instead, Peter with boldness replied, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doeth this man [the crippled man] stand here before you whole” (vs. 10).
What would we have done if we’d been in that position? I believe the answer to that question lies in how we are dealing with the small trials today. When someone questions our beliefs, our lifestyle, or our faith, do we try to hide the fact that we are Seventh-day Adventist Christians, or do we take the opportunity to boldly share about our Lord and Savior and the truths of His Word?
The time is coming when we all will be put on trial for our faith. In fact, many of our fellow believers around the world already are experiencing this very trial. But the Bible tells us, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings: that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Pet. 4:12,13).
And Matthew 10:32 reminds us, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” This is what we live for—for God’s approval, not man’s. So no matter what happens, let us seek to be faithful to Him today!
Melody (Melodious Echo) Mason
Author, ARME Prayer Ministries Leader