“Observing the boldness of Peter and John
and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
they could say nothing in reply.
So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
and conferred with one another, saying,
“What are we to do with these men?
Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
let us give them a stern warning
never again to speak to anyone in this name.”
So they called them back
and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,
“Whether it is right in the sight of God
for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
After threatening them further,
they released them,
finding no way to punish them,
on account of the people who were all praising God
for what had happened.” Acts 4 13:21
Today I am feeling overwhelmed. I know it is natural to feel this way sometimes, because that is just how life is setup sometimes… but today, after having some time to actually think… yep, I am overwhelmed. I am not saying this in a bad way, but just all together, it has been a very interesting week. I will spare everyone out there the details of everything that happened this week. Let’s just say that it was so different, that I am still trying to wrap my mind around everything that transpired.
In a sense, I kind of feel like the leaders, elders and the scribes in this passage. I know that things are happening, but I don’t understand them. I am not trying to suppress the messages from being spread into the world for my own sake, I am just in disarray at the moment. I am not out on a quest to keep any type of power, so it is not quite the same, but I can sympathize with the situation they were in. Unlike them, I know that the feeling of being overwhelmed is part of God’s way of making you feel uncomfortable and move into something different. When we become comfortable, we have a tendency to forget about God and the need of His wisdom in our lives.
That doesn’t mean that I will stay in this mood very long. I am pretty good at figuring out how to navigate through this type of situation, I have done it many times before, and it always works out in the end. I will trust in the power of prayer, and continue on down the road that is in front of me. That is all that one can do when you are put into a situation of overwhelming proportions, put your faith in God and trust He will remove the roadblocks in your way.