Gina Caswell Kelly
In Acts 12, Luke tells the story of Peter being arrested for preaching the Gospel. The chapter talks about the church praying fervently for him. Then, on the night that Herod, the ruler, was going to bring him to trial (He had just had James killed for the same “offense.”), the story states, “The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
It is a really cool story of deliverance for one of God’s great servants. But there are a couple of interesting things in this story.
In verse 7, the chains fall off Peter’s wrists, miraculously. The soldiers never woke up, miraculously. The guards in front of the prison gates saw nothing, miraculously. The gates just came open, miraculously. God’s amazing power is demonstrated so clearly in this. God is the true ruler over everything. Sometimes we get very caught up in the problems of the world, and especially in our own country. We need to never lose sight of the amazing power of God. Look at the miracles in that one verse, alone! I didn’t even mention the fact that the angel was miraculously inside the jail. Nothing but God alone could have done this. A fact that Peter mentions towards the end of the passage, when he says, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent His angel and rescued me.” The amazing power of God needs to be recognized by His children daily.
But, in verse 8, we see a totally different side of the Father. The angel says, “Wrap your cloak around you.” Why? Because it was still a bit chilly outside and Peter might be cold. This is nothing but God’s Fatherly love for His children. It was not enough that Peter had just witnessed amazing and powerful miracles. He then got to see the depth of God’s love and care. “Grab your jacket before we leave. I don’t want you to be cold.” An absolute heart-stopping picture of the sweet and gentle care of the Father for His children. So tender. So loving. And yet so powerful.
I have seen so many occasions in my life where I have seen God’s power. But I have seen just as many occasions, if not more, where I witnessed first hand God’s amazing love for this child of His. This child that goes off the right path so often. This child that has so many flaws and faults. But, this child is His and He loves me and cares for me. Just like He does you.
Yes, our God is amazing and so very powerful. But never forget to notice the depth of His love for you. His tender, sweet love that protects and cares for you each day.
Have you put your trust in this One who has so much power, but yet has so much love? Don’t let another day go by without asking His Son to live in your heart.
It will make a difference.