Can't Stop This!
Posted: Thursday, June 11
1 Kings 8:1-66
Verse of the day:
“But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” (Acts 8:4)
There was a tribal king from Africa who had an annoyingly positive friend. This friend’s response to any situation, no matter how bad it seemed, was “This is good!” One day this friend and the king went hunting. The friend had loaded the king’s rifle. When the king fired it, the gun accidentally blew up in his hands taking off the kings thumb. The friend exclaimed, “This is good!” and the king threw him in jail. About a year later, the king was on another expedition where he was captured by cannibals. The cannibals tied him up and prepared the fire but upon noticing his missing thumb, they let him go. The king immediately went to the prison to release his friend, saying, “I’m sorry I threw you in prison.” The friend’s reply? “This is good! If I had been with you, I would have been eaten.”
Have you ever thought about giving up because it appears that you are on the losing side? At this point in the story of the early church, it seemed the followers of Jesus were failing miserably; some had been arrested, some had been beaten, and Stephen had been executed. Acts 8:1-3 records that there was “great persecution” against them and that they were “scattered” or pushed out of their home town of Jerusalem. There was a funeral. There was mourning. And there was Saul, a man hell-bent on wiping out this movement and possessing the means to do it.
In the midst of the “hardship,” I love what the disciples chose to do, they simply “preached the Good News wherever they went.” They leveraged the worst that came against them and used it for the best for the kingdom of God. What was meant to stop the Christian faith from growing actually became the catalyst for one of the greatest church planting movements in history!
What’s the biggest challenge you are facing right now? How might God use that for the good of others? The Bible says that when you are in Christ, you stand as a victor. When you are in Christ no weapon formed against you shall prosper. When you are in Christ you are more than a conqueror. Be determined, trust God, and don’t give up!