Tuesday, March 22 – Acts 5:7-11
Now an interval of about three hours elapsed, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for this price?” And she said, “Yes, for that price.” Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.” And immediately she collapsed at his feet and died; and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard about these things.
Some lessons are taught to children in a classroom but there are other lessons that come through life experience. One of the first lessons is who is friendly, who is mean, and who is the authority. Children often test the waters to see who the authority truly is. They may keep talking when the teacher is if they see nothing happens to them, but they think twice before climbing the fence if they know the recess monitor will send them straight to the principal’s office. When we hear the story of Ananias and Saphira, it is easy to condemn, but the root of their sin is all too familiar. They had a low view of God, looking at the opportunity to get spiritual accolades and keep some of the profits as their own and did not consider the depth of their sin. God used this moment in the church to remind His people of who He is. Just because He has saved us does not mean He does not take our sin seriously—it is the opposite. God is gracious and just, righteous and merciful.
Even through this attempted deceit, God worked to bring His people to know Him more. Maybe you have been through a time where you have tested God’s authority. May this testimony be a reminder that God takes these things seriously. As we grow in love from Him, we also recognize our need to follow Him and revere Him as the authority over our lives. Praise be to our God who holds all these things in perfect harmony.
- Based on this passage, what does it mean to fear God?
- What would it look like for you to fear God in your everyday life?
- Pray and ask God where in your life you are not fearing Him properly or respecting His authority over your life.