Words from the Heart for Monday November 11th, 2019
Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
Acts 11:20-21 (NIV)
The Lord’s Hand
Hand surgery has changed over the years – not only in Canada, but also worldwide. 40 years ago, most of the hand surgery procedures in Canada were performed by plastic surgeons. Wrist surgeries were performed by local orthopedic surgeons because most of the plastic surgeons at that time were not well trained in this area of the body. Now both plastic surgery residents and orthopedic residents are well trained in both hand and wrist surgery.
It didn’t take long after the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came with power and the Church was birthed, that men and women from all over the known world set out to take the Gospel to others. They listened carefully to what the Holy Spirit was telling them, and followed His lead in every case. The result was that the Church was growing quickly. Here is an example in Acts 11:20-21: “Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.” I love the little phrases of the Bible that we can too easily miss. In this case, it is the phrase “The Lord’s hand was with them.” When the Bible speaks about the hand of God, it is speaking of his authority. There is an important lesson for us here. When the Lord calls us to go with the good news of Jesus, we do so with His authority. This means that when we speak up as He directs, we will see Him work in people’s hearts and they will respond to Him. Just like in Antioch.
These have been words from the heart.