They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Acts: 12:10
Sitting in my bed one morning, coffee in hand, and bible on my lap, I was struck with wonder at this verse. I marveled at the miraculous escape plan orchestrated by God to rescue His imprisoned disciple. I also was overwhelmed with gratitude at the thought that God makes a way for us when there doesn't seem to be one. Often times, He proves to us that all we need to do is simply follow in obedience and leave everything else up to Him.
Regrettably, I admit that I tend to like the answers or plans upfront. I want to know the how's and who's and why's. Yet, as Peter experienced in his rescue, I often am left speechless at how God actually works everything out every time, almost without me even realizing He is even doing it. It's these moments that leave me in awe of God. Clearly, I'm not alone in this. His little answered prayer surprises leave many a little dazed much like the disciples, who were earnestly praying for Peter. We read on to find that they were even astonished at the appearance of him at their door. I would venture to say, and this is my own opinion as it's not clearly stated, that perhaps they were in shock at the way the release of Peter occurred and they were expecting it to happen a different way. ( I truly believe that God loves fun surprises. ) Whatever the case, they were left in awe. Been there.
There have been times in my life when I had been earnestly praying for something and God answered in a way I didn't expect. His ways are always so much higher than mine and so far beyond my human comprehension at times. Yet, it is incredibly encouraging to know that the same God that plans an elaborate escape through an angel, opens doors and gates all on their own, sets prisoners free, and answers prayers in astounding and sometimes unexpected ways is still the God we have access to a relationship with today. Meaning, He has not nor will He ever change, and neither will His ability or sovereignty. This should spark faith and reverence. This should inspire hope and trust. This should evoke praise and worship, both simply to God for who He is and for His faithfulness.
What doors are we earnestly praying for God to open? Are we willing to follow Him without question or doubt when He brings us to them or are we stuck in our own thoughts and opinions of how He should do it? What rescue are we hoping for? What areas of our lives need His deliverance and help? Let's not be people who forget how great and powerful He is. Let's believe that He is capable to rescue, open doors, and send divine aid when needed. Let's choose to rejoice every step of the way. Let's pray earnestly, believe furiously, and live expectantly. Let's hope and trust and move in faith. Perhaps He's in the process of leading you into the freedom you need, even if you aren't fully aware of it yet.
Read Acts 12. What is God highlighting to you, personally? Where is He challenging your faith?