Reading: Acts 5: 27-32
In life we often face decision points. One choice leads to this outcome and the other choice leads to that outcome. This choice may anger or alienate or negatively impact this person or group and that choice will do the same for that person or group. Even though in our heart and mind we come to what we think or feel is the ‘right’ choice, not everyone will necessarily agree.
Often these choices are not big and impactful, but at times they are. In these situations, the pressure to make the ‘right’ decision can be huge. This is especially true when both choices have a number of positives and negatives. But in some cases there is a clear correct choice. Yet even these are not always free of possible consequences. Such was the case when the apostles were again called before the Sanhedrin.
The apostles had been instructed to stop teaching in the name of Jesus. What they were teaching did not please the Jewish religious authorities because it was a way different from their way. The apostles were drawing people to Christ instead of to Judaism. Peter’s response is awesome: “we must obey God rather than men”. What a tough statement to argue against! Who could know more than or argue against God?!
The obvious answer to this question is one we must remind ourselves of when the voice of the world or the voice of self competes with the voice of God. In these times that will surely happen, we must trust in the voice of the Holy Spirit, in what we read in the Bible, and in the promises of God to love and protect and bless us. May we be as bold as Peter. May we obey God.