Today: Psalms 74:10-17; Acts 10:23-48; Acts 11:1-18; 1 Kings 1; 1 Kings 2:1-12
“O God, how long will the adversary reproach? Will the enemy blaspheme Your name forever? Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand? Take it out of Your bosom and destroy them.” Psalm 74:10-11
I often feel like Asaph in Psalm 74 when I observe all the evil in the world. God’s mercy is amazing. Sometimes I wish He wouldn’t be so patient. I want Him to avenge His name and destroy all the wickedness on this earth NOW!!
But God’s timing is impeccable. His plan is perfect. “For God is my King from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.” (v.12) Even though His ways are too high for me to understand, I still trust in Him.
One of the first things God taught the early church, through a vision of unclean animals coming down from heaven, was that the salvation of Christ was available to all people, not only to the Jews. The Jews were astounded when Gentiles were baptized with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues. Hallelujah, “then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.” !!! (v.18)
In Peter’s message to Cornelius, he again explained that Christ “is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (v.42-43) Throughout the book of Acts, Peter explains over and over again that Jesus Christ is THE pathway to God and the way to salvation.