Acts 4:1-12 – “As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, 2 being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. 5 On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6 and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. 7 When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ” Rulers and elders of the people, 9 if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead — by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 ” He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. 12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” NASU
Sometimes in the chaos of this world’s problems, political, social, economic, physical, etc. we forget the foundation. We turn our eyes toward the problem and it causes fear, concern, apprehension, trepidation and even depression. Yet, when we remember to remember that Jesus is the foundation and that “NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN has been given among men by whom we must be saved” we shake ourselves and rise up out of the ash heap of despair and look up to the author and finisher of our souls in victory!
Deep inside my spirit, I know that I know that I know that GOD IS IN CONTROL of my life and the lives of many others and that His Holy Spirit is touching hearts across this land for good and right. We may continue to have political chaos and disaster of all types but the one thing we DARE NOT FORGET is that Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE – THE DOOR! There is no other access to the Father but through and by Him. That has to remain our foundational focus and message to those around us.
The chorus of an old song resounds and resonates in my heart today – “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” He is the Stone that the builders rejected but has become the Chief Corner Stone!
He is trustworthy! He is reliable! He is Truth! He is Life! He is Hope! He is change! He is Salvation! It is in Him that we live and move and have our being and upon whom we can rely! So, no matter what takes place in this life our faith and confidence MUST REMAIN IN HIM! He is our Rock and our Foundation! Don’t let the problems overwhelm you allow His love to give you an anchor that will hold no matter what! If they kill us all they’ve done is send us home early. However, if He keeps us here awhile longer then there is work to do and we must be busy about the Master’s Business!
God Bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him! May the Lord Bless and Keep you and make His face to Shine upon you and give you Peace!