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Daily Devotionals

Day 13 – Issue 19

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Be Still Know

Acts 9:17 NLT

So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

I grew up through the 60s. It led to tensions within my family home for the simple reason that well-established social rules and conventions were no longer to be followed. For my father, who’d grown up in a strict Edwardian household, any refusal to adopt the practices handed down by our forebears threatened a breakdown in public order. The bottled-up angst of many distinct groups such as women and ethnic minorities exploded in a wave of protest and found expression through the medium of popular culture. It was an energising and exciting time to be alive.

For a few years, my relationship with my dad got lost as the distance between our two worlds grew rapidly. My early days at university were to protest with the Central Students Union at Oxford and involved taking over the examination schools building for a sit-in and running warfare with the university police, or Bulldogs. Indeed, I can’t remember a Saturday throughout my first year at college (the early 1970s) when there wasn’t a public protest march through the city’s streets.

Such protest was fun and certainly released the adrenalin within, but little was changed in real terms. Protest can so often give the impression of transformation while nothing actually moves. The largest changes take place when people are true to themselves and their sense of purpose and seek to make the difference, such as Rosa Parks, in Montgomery, Alabama. Obedience to conscience, which is a clear source of God’s word, is important as the counter to all the terror we observe in the world today. Ananias stands in this tradition, when he chose obedience ahead of fear or compliance to any existing order, and did as the Lord requested.

QUESTION: Do you find yourself acknowledging injustice, yet unable to find a way to be obedient to God’s direction to “…act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”? (NIV)

PRAYER: Lord God, may confidence in you trump the fear that is sometimes in me, so that I can play a part in bringing your light to this world.

 

Written by: Matt Weet

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