Text: Acts 12:1-17
To have good courage and trust in God in all circumstances
For those in prison
HEROD AGRIPPA, the grandson of Herod the Great who loomed over the life of Jesus (Matt 2:19), came to the throne in 37AD. A shrewd player of local politics and intrigue, Herod the grandson was able to consolidate and reunite the various principalities that had been created out of his grandfather’s kingdom and given to the sons (e.g. Philip, Archelaeus, and Herod Antipas, famous for his dinner parties).
Given the close coordination between Herod Agrippa and the local movers and shakers, it seems certain that Peter’s goose is truly cooked this time. He is even shackled to the soldiers in the prison so that he cannot fly away. Yet, even in this clearly hopeless situation, the congregation in Jerusalem prays for him.
For us, who are conditioned to think of ourselves as masters of our fate, it is important to note the attitude of Peter in this situation. It is not that he sits passively, for he is ready to move when the angel of God calls to him. Rather, Peter is obedient, doing what the angel—the bearer of God’s message—says for him to do. Peter lives confident in God, confident that the circumstances of his life are in God’s hand and to his glory, and therefore Peter has only to watch and wait on what his Lord will do. All the Herods in your life are no match for God!
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks