Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Light Shone

6 Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, "Dress yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so, And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me." 9 And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11 When Peter came to himself, he said, "Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting."
Acts 12:6-11, English Standard Version

A Light Shone

As in our last devotional from Acts 9, our passage today speaks of a light, which shone from heaven. In this case, Peter had been thrown into prison, and on the night before he was to stand before his accusers, God sent an angel to rescue him.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him.

I have always loved Peter because I can identify with him. As the angel came, released his chains, and led him out into the city, Peter thought he was just having a vision. It was just too hard to believe that this was actually happening. Finally, when the angel left him alone in the streets of the city, he realized that this was not a vision, but he was, indeed, walking on a city street.

Truth is very much like that great shining light. Our ethics have become so mingled with the world that it is often hard to determine right from wrong. However, when the light of God's Word shines upon us, the fog lifts and we are able to discern right from wrong.

One of the reasons for such confusion in our world is the mass exodus away from the teaching of the Bible. In his frenzy to live in liberty, and not be bound by the Word of God, man has created a new system of situational ethics. What is right for you may not be right for me. Or, what is right in this circumstance may be wrong in another.

Let us remember Peter and realize that just as a light shone upon him, so will God's light of truth shine upon us and keep us walking close to the Lord.

God Bless You,

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