Acts 4:16-22 (NLT)
16 “What should we do with these men?” they asked each other. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it. 17 But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.” 18 So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? 20 We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” 21 The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot. For everyone was praising God 22 for this miraculous sign—the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years.
Peter and John were confronted by the religious leaders of the temple. Peter and John were arrested for preaching about Jesus and placed in confinement over night. The leaders questioned what they should do with them because they were preaching about Jesus and were performing miracles. When the leaders heard Peter and John they were amazed how ordinary men could speak so powerfully about the scriptures. The council threatened them not to continue their preaching, but they let them go for everyone was praising their healing of a lame man.
This week I am having a second surgery on my right wrist. The first surgery was what the doctor thought was a hopeless attempt to save my wrist. When the accident first occurred the doctor told me I might not be able to use my wrist again. Several visits back and the doctor was telling me that more than likely I would need to have the bones in my wrist fused and more metal plates added to support my wrist. However on the last visit the doctor walked in after looking at my x-rays; bent my wrist around; then just looked puzzled and said that is amazing. He continued to say he couldn’t believe what he had seen on the x-rays and that my wrist had really healed well. He had expected my bones to turn to mush, but they were solid and healing. He wanted to remove the existing metal plate and reconnect a tendon in my thumb and he thought I would have most of the use of my wrist. I just looked at him and said, “There have been many people praying for that wrist.” My mother had her church praying. Other relatives and friends were praying. The church I attend was also praying for my healing. I have to stop and praise God and all the faithful brothers and sisters I have in Christ. I have to say the Lord heard the prayers of many and answered them. Like Peter and John cannot sit idle and not tell others about what I call a miracle. I am thankful for a Savior who cares and helps in our moments of need. I may not be able to write for a few days; so I wanted to let all who read these devotions that I am thankful for those who believe in God, those who believe in Christ, and those who believe in the power of prayer. May God bless each and every one of you for your faithfulness.