Summary: While on vacation, I came across road construction signs "Keep Right...men at work". In Acts 3:1-11, we see that God is at work through Peter and John.
July 2, 2003
Title: Keep Right, God Working
Text: Acts 3:1-11
Thanks for all your prayers for us while we were on vacation! We had a wonderful time!
I’ll have to be honest, I was looking forward to going on vacation...
but I certainly was NOT looking forward to:
the long drive...
all the traffic...
and road construction...
driving through Atlanta...
but in spite of it all...
we made pretty good time...
and we really weren’t hampered by all the road construction.
Throughout all our driving (about 2,300 miles worth),
we occasionally came upon areas where we would see those orange construction signs...
and big orange barrells...
and there would be signs like:
"speeding fines doubled in work zones"
or "men working"
or "left lane ends in 1 mile, merge right"
I even saw one that was written in print like a child might write, "please drive carefully, my daddy is working today".
As we continue our study of Acts, we come to Acts Chapter 3.
Acts 1 has been called: The Holy Spirit is Promised
Acts 2 has been called: The Holy Spirit is Out Poured
Acts 3 has been called: The Holy Spirit at Work!
As Acts chapter 2 comes to an end, Luke writes "Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles" Acts 2:43 (NIV)
And then in Chapter 3, Luke chooses one of these miracles to explain in more detail.
Read Text: Acts 3:1-11
I’ve entitled my devotions for tonight, "Keep Right...God at Work"
1. God works in the ordinary times of our lives.
Luke writes, "One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer--at three in the afternoon" Acts 3:1 (NIV)
He doesn’t write, "One day, Peter and John went out so they could do some miracles"
He doesn’t say, "When Peter and John woke up that morning, they knew that this day would be different from any other"
From all evidence, we see that this is just an ordinary day.
Peter and John were on their way to the Temple at 3:00 in the afternoon...
For the devout Jew, there were 3 special times of prayer:
This would be a good place to interject:
I hope you have found a special time of prayer in your own life.
It would be great if you had ONE special time...perhaps in the morning or the evening.
But if you had THREE special times...I’m sure you would be the better for it.
Just because the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in Chapter 2...
that didn’t change the way they felt about making their way to the Temple (the Church)
that didn’t change the way they felt about spending time with God in prayer.
Sometimes God works in extra-ordinary ways on extra-ordinary days...
sometimes the Holy Spirit comes with flames of fire...
and the blowing of a great wind...
But God also works in just every day ordinary ways.
Peter and John were on their way to church
I don’t know what it is like in your home and in your car before you get to church...
One time, early in our marriage, Kay and I had one of our biggest arguments on the way to Church on a Sunday Morning! And yes, it was over something stupid.
And I’m sure that it’s not just us!!