Be Encouraged That God’s Ways Are Higher
In Acts 5, we yet again find the Pharisees and high priests trying their best to persecute believers in Jesus. Even after Jesus has already died, risen, and ascended, they are out to make Jesus, and anyone who points to him, look bad. In the midst of wanting to be violent and humiliate the apostles, they refrain in pride and desire to look good in front of the people.
Never could we in our finite minds have imagined and come up with such a perfect and beautiful plan of salvation that God Himself would come down to us in the form of man and die on our behalf, then leave the best gift of His presence through the Holy Spirit, who is with us always for those who believe in Christ. When Adam and Eve thought that their story was over and hopeless and there would never be reconciliation with their Creator, He already had His master plan.
In the same way, we might start to think, “How can God work this out?” Or “How am I going to get through this oppression or persecution from the enemy and the world?” We too can be reminded of Isaiah 55:8-9, that even though we do not understand why, the Lord is in control and we can find great rest in His sovereignty.
It is as if we clench our fists trying to hold onto something so tightly that we tense up, but the Lord wants us to loosen our grip into open hands of surrender, because we will be in a place of rest and reliance. This is not easy to do in life. We have to daily let go of our agendas and our ways in exchange for what the Lord wants to do.
What these Scriptures remind us is that in the midst of opposition from the enemy, through other people, society, politics, culture, etc., we are called to stand firm in our faith, knowing that the gospel message is being carried on through every generation. We are invited to share the good news of the gospel with everyone who we are able. We are invited to pick up our crosses daily, knowing that we are not alone in our suffering or in the attacks, but Jesus is with us. We are reminded to lean on the Lord and hope in Him, even when do not understand what He is doing behind the scenes.
Whoever you are today, wherever you live, and however you are serving Christ, press on. Remember that His message of hope stands forever, rest in His sovereignty, and move forward with the gospel where you are. Just like the Holy Spirit empowered the first apostles, He is still empowering us today to be the voices in this dark world to point to the kingdom of light and the Savior of life. We can share this hope in the most challenging places or to the hardest of hearts, knowing that the Spirit of Christ lives in all who believe. He is still doing great things.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com