When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles. But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were at a loss, wondering what this might lead to. (Acts 5:21b-24)
We all have something that imprisons us; my something is food addiction. During our study of Luke, I placed that addiction at the cross and asked God to free me from it. It has been a process. He’s freed me from my chocolate addiction. I can eat a half of a piece of chocolate instead of eating the whole bag. When I don’t pray, I eat more.
Even though Scripture doesn’t tell us, I’m sure the apostles and the early church prayed for the apostles’ safety and freedom. When we call on the Lord, He will set us free. We have to do our part by praying and doing what we can to help ourselves. But whatever we can’t do on our own, God will do supernaturally. He sent an angel to open the jail door, but He must’ve also frozen time or put the guards in a deep sleep because they hadn’t realized their prisoners were gone.
I see the miracles in the sunrise, a newborn baby, the perfection of the systems of the universe, and the overcoming of my addiction, and it makes my faith grow. Others, like the chief priest, Doubting Thomas, and Apostle Paul, need to see miracles of healing and angels opening doors to believe and grow in faith.
Father God, I praise you for the perfection of the universe. Point out Your miracles to me. I know getting rid of my addiction would be a miracle because no matter how hard I try, I can’t do it on my own. Help me Lord. I know you will do whatever it takes, even sending an angel to open the doors to freedom. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
4 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 5:21b-24 – Why does God perform miracles? – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 484”
I do believe that God preforms miracles. I think that we have all felt that we needed a miracle to change something in our lives. All people have struggles and feel imprisoned by a problem at some point in there lives. I can’t think of a person who has gone through life with no problems. When something is wrong people handle stress, or don’t handle stress differently. Eating habits are formed when we are growing up. So, what happened at our dinner table? With the sleeping problem I developed, it took a difficult situation with food and made it even harder. It became fun to be up at night and have a midnight snack. This is something that I am working on now and it is getting better but I have a long way to go. I am praying about this, Jody. I am also praying for you and your family.
I’m praying with you. Yesterday, I got an oil change. I saw a little girl who couldn’t have been more than four years old wolfing down salad with her mother in the dealership cafe. In the rest room, I heard another mother tell her child that after her little girl washed her hands, she would get her a hot dog. We always had cookies and ice cream available to us. Otherwise we had meat, potatoes, and vegetables. After grandma died, we ate a lot more of things like Hamburger Helper. So not the best diet, nor the worst. Health is so important at our age. There will be a time when it is too late to become healthy. That being said, our addiction is food but others have addiction to alcohol, shopping, or gambling. We all have something that is impossible to defeat without God. It is His way of keeping us close to Him and depending on Him. He will help us. I’m praying for you and your family also.
I always remember having healthy food. When we were little I remember being forced to eat everything on my plate. Sometimes, I wasn’t hungry and sometimes I didn’t like the food choice. Oh, how I hated rice and lima beans!! I think the being forced to sit there for an hour creates bad eating habits.
I agree with you. We always had healthy food, but unhealthy food was also readily available. In adult life it was difficult for me to get used to not eating ice cream and cookies every day. It was in Chesterland after grandma died that the cooking went downhill. You didn’t experience much of that since you were older. I think mom at some point gave up on having us sit at the table for an hour. I don’t remember that but older children often experience bad things that younger children don’t because the parents give up. I hated Brussel sprouts, but mom never made me eat them.