“But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” “They were persuaded by him. After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged, ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus, and dismissed them.” (Acts 5:39-40 – Gamaliel, teacher of the law, speaking to the Sanhedrin about the Apostles)
These Apostles must have gotten it right because it’s now over 2000 years and I believe them, hook, line and sinker. At least this time, by listening to Gamaliel, the Sanhedrin got it right. At first I was taken back a bit as to why they still had to be so cruel to have them flogged! It is amazing to me how easy it is to think like the world and not like Jesus. How did the Apostles react?
“So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.” (Acts 5:41)
I can forget what a great grace suffering is, especially to be found worthy to suffer for the sake of Jesus. I should look at suffering as a great gift from God. My hope today, on my 65th birthday, is to be open to accept whatever gifts the Lord wills to graciously give me, even suffering, and offer it up for the great glory of his Holy Name. Amen.