Day 22: Facing the Impossible

Acts 4:23-26 :

Being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard it, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, “O Lord, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who by the mouth of your servant, David, said,

‘Why do the nations rage,
and the peoples plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take a stand,
and the rulers take council together,
against the Lord, and against his Christ.’

God knows that we may have to oppose our leadership sometimes. This quote from the Old Testament that the early believers used in their prayer is evidence of that. It was predicted that kings and rulers would plot and form alliances against God. Notice how impossible our task is as believers? We are expected to oppose alliances of rebellious leaders and follow Jesus Christ. The right way to do this is by trusting in Jesus instead of trusting in our own power. A normal human being can’t do this on his own.

Also, notice how wrong it would be if we decided that we should submit to all authority? These authorities are fighting directly against “the Lord, and against his Christ.” If we obey them and fight under their authority, we would be fighting against our Lord and that would be very wrong. How can we oppose such a powerful thing? We must do it by the power of the Holy Spirit. What should we do if we want the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives? We should follow the example of these believers and pray.