“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:29-30.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Exodus 21-22, Psalm 12, and Acts 4.
Some Scripture is easy to consider for another time, another person.
I usually let today’s verses float past me. Why? I haven’t been threatened. I haven’t been part of miracles and healings.
That thinking changed today as I pondered these two verses. Maybe, indeed, I can bring it to my level, to something that I must consider.
I have taken a bit of a “vacation” from my desire to witness regularly. Why? It is easier not to. I eliminate and negative consequences that witnessing might cause. My excuses are bogus.
In these verses, those speaking are asking for a boldness that overcomes the obstacles, real and imagined, that keep me from doing it.
They also ask for signs from God that certify that what they are doing is a good thing. That God is pleased with it. A “sign” could be someone opening a door, in a conversation, where I can share what I believe.
I am guilt of limiting God and maximizing “obstacles” in sharing my beliefs of Him. That must end.
“Lord, why do I fear when I know that You are near? Answer? I forget that You are near. Forgive me. You have promised that You will NEVER leave or forsake me. Destroy my witnessing excuses. Empower me with Your Words. Certify that what I am doing is within the confines of Your Will. Lord, help me now, I beg.”
Stop making excuses for not witnessing.