Thursday, October 27 – Acts 12:17
But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to James and the brothers.” Then he left and went to another place.
Have you ever heard someone say, “I miss the good old days”? In life, everything is constantly changing. We are growing, developing, and becoming increasingly complex people. There are times when we crave a different time or miss the way things were before conflict or complication hit our life. These feelings are natural. It is good to recognize what great things God has done in the past, but in many instances, things will never return to the way they were in the past.
Even after having such a powerful prayer answered, Peter only had opportunity to be with his community for a moment before God guided Him to another place. Things would never be the same—Peter was a wanted man. The church still had to process the loss of one they loved, not to prison, but to God calling Him somewhere else. Moments of change like these are bittersweet. While we can praise God for His direction and deliverance, that doesn’t mean the changes that happen in the process won’t be painful. When God calls you to serve in a different area in your church or directs you to a different job or neighborhood, there are prayers being answered. As we listen to God’s prompting and follow where He leads, things will change and, while it is not easy, we can trust Him with the next steps.
- What is a season in your life that you miss? How have you grown and changed since then?
- What would it look like to trust God with the changes He calls you to?
- Pray and thank God for the previous seasons of your life and how He was faithful. Ask Him to continue to build your trust in Him as you face changes in the future.