In my morning’s devotion, Matthew Henry’s remarks regarding Acts 4 is this:
We have here the issue of the trial of Peter and John before the council. They came off now with flying colours, because they must be trained up to sufferings by degrees, and by less trials be prepared for greater. They now but run with the footmen; hereafter we shall have them contending with horses, Jer. 12:5:
“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?”
I was reminded regarding my own experience regarding going against the law. How it began with being detained for one day. Then later it was ten days, then six months, then 26 months and finally 36 months. I do believe the “Time of Trouble” will occur during my lifetime, and many of you have witnessed my saying when it comes, I will not be headed into any woods and mountains, but can gladly be detained again because the fear of being in prison has been met, and I am fully aware of any expectation because I’ve dealt with it—by gradual experience before.
How about you? How many of you have had what seem to be an onslaught having lost members of your family? Did it begin by a close friend at work? Then an elder relative before a closer and unexpected one being put to sleep? You do know many which are living today will find their repose because they will not have to go through this difficult time—but you will make your stand. You will be one of the 144,000 who will go through this time. Could not God be preparing you?
Nothing comes upon us which we cannot bear. This is a Scriptural fact. Those things which have caused a brokenness within in our heart only strengthens us for what is ahead. Many of us will soon see loved ones passing, even our children. Many of us will either be imprisoned or hear of loved ones soon taken and thrust inside those walls of detainment, and all what we’re experiencing now goes to make the difficulties tomorrow palatable. Let’s look beyond of our present experience and attempt to see it as compared with the greater picture of what is soon ahead. Let those tears of sadness and pain felt with the loss today be the balm which cause us healing for the time to come.
May 10, 2016