Date: Monday, July 8
Scripture: Acts 9:32-35
Verse: Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. (Acts 9:32)
There are places we expect to meet Jesus – in church, on a hike, in the Bible, on a spiritual retreat, in prayer. These occasional encounters can be extremely powerful, but are not where we spend the majority of our time. Thankfully God is not confined to the places we expect to encounter him.
In today’s scripture we continue in a series of stories checking in on the early leaders of the church. Several weeks ago, we read about Stephen, the next week Philip, then last week we read of conversion and the beginning of Saul/Paul’s ministry. Today we begin to catch up with Peter.
Luke, the author of Acts, writes matter-of-factly how “Peter went here and there among all the believers.” Peter appears to be just wandering, even stumbling across a group of believers living in Lydda, but even as he wanders he is on the lookout for Jesus at work. There he sees someone in need, a man named Aeneas, and he miraculously heals the man in Jesus’ name.
We may not have the gift to heal people the Peter does, but we too need to keep our spiritual eyes open to see Jesus at work even as we are traveling “here and there.” We too might stumble across someone in need of a helping hand at the grocery store, a co-worker who needs to vent, a stranger in need of a meal. Maybe your traveling “here and there” is not just chance. Maybe you have been placed in a certain place at a certain time to share the love of Jesus with someone you just happen to stumble upon.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to see you at work in my ordinary traveling “here and there.” Amen.
Action: Open your eyes to Jesus at work in your regular tasks today.
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