29 May 2020 – Acts 2:11-12 (NIV)

29 May 2020 – Acts 2:11-12 (NIV)

Scripture

11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Reflection

As Christians, it is more than okay to be “amazed and perplexed.” We serve an infinite God and we are trying to make sense of Him with finite minds. To assume that we understand God’s ways is at best an act of hubris, and at worst blasphemy. God’s wisdom is incomprehensible. As it says in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

But this does not mean we should not pursue God’s truth. He invites us to fellowship with Him, and His truth is revealed through relationship. And sometimes that means it is okay to ask, “What does this mean?” God’s work in our lives is not always obvious, so He invites us to seek His counsel. It may be that He opens up a professional door, or He facilitates a geographic move, or He allows you to meet someone special. In each situation, we should be thankful but also ask with boldness, “What does this mean?”

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Give God your praise. Give God your praise for the good things you are experiencing and practice gratitude for everything God’s given you at this present moment.

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Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.