Acts 12:7-9 – And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

Peter was arrested for preaching the Gospel and held under heavy guard. He was to die that day and would be made an example for all others who choose to proclaim this message. And, just like God, He does the impossible and sets Peter free to preach another day. There are several occasions in Scripture, like this one, where Peter struggled to see God’s hand at work (Luke 9, Acts 10, etc.). He just never quite got a handle on the idea that God was moving and working all around him. We often wrestle with the same realization. We, as faithful followers of God, struggle to see the Father’s divine hand in the world around us. Sure, it is not always as dramatic as having your prison chains (literally) fall off, allowing you to walk out of prison on the day you were supposed to be killed. But why can’t we focus on the little things God does so that the more significant things are not as surprising? A hug from your child when you get home from work, a compliment from a co-worker, an encouraging text from a friend, or even a smile from the person who sold you your coffee this morning. Yes, I believe these little things in our daily life show us that God is still active and involved in our lives. Remember when God miraculously provided food from heaven (Ex. 16) and water from a rock (Ex. 17) when His people wandered in the wilderness, yet they still doubted His ability to deliver the Promised Land when they got there (Num. 13). Let that not be true of us. We should focus on the small, daily miracles and proofs of God’s power so that the bigger, more impossible events don’t surprise us as much. 

David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the honors program.

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