Thursday, August 26, 2010

Week 3, Day 3 - How Do We React To Opposition?

Acts 5:17-42

No matter what we are doing, there will be opposition. In fact, my experience has been that when we are doing what we feel led to do by God the opposition becomes all the greater. While we know that we will eventually face opposition, we don't always know how or when it will come. Sometimes opposition meets us with a small trickle and other times it feels like we are standing under a great waterfall and we can bearly catch our breath. The question is, if we feel that we are following what God has called us to do and it matches with what the Bible says, how do we react to opposition? Please turn to Acts 5:17-42 to see how the apostles reacted to the opposition they faced.

Verse 17 tells us that the high priest and his officials were filled with jealousy. Jealousy is dangerous because we don't make wise decisions when they are based on jealousy. Jealousy can lead to unhealthy decisions that are based on feelings rather than reality. That seems to be the case here because the Bible doesn't say that the high priest felt strong convictions that the apostles were wrong. When the apostles were given the opportunity to answer for their actions (of creating a scene by healing people), they took the opportunity to speak the truth to the high council. They did not back down from opposition.

My instant reaction to opposition is to back away and create peace. But this example shows that there are times when that is not the right solution. When it is a call that God has given me and it is a matter of truth or lie; I need to take a stand. Verse 41 tells us, "The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus." I don't think I ever rejoiced for the opportunity to face opposition before. It is a convicting thought that I don't want opposition and the apostles rejoiced because "God had counted them worthy."

What is your reaction to opposition?

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