Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 19, 2019

“The word of God kept on spreading”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 6:1-7.

“Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.  So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables.  Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  The statement found approval with the whole congregation;  and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.  And these they brought before the apostles;  and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

The word of God kept on spreading;  and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.”  Acts 6:1-7.

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There was persecution outside the church, and there was complaint inside the church.  But, God was still sovereign.  “The word of God kept on spreading”.  Verse 7.

Sometimes, we get too focused on our own wisdom and our own will, thinking that success or failure will hinge on us (man).

But, today’s Scripture reminds us God is still sovereign.  God is still in control.

God gives wisdom.

“6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.”  Proverbs 2:6-9.

God provided “seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.”  Verse 3.

“Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.  And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.”  1 Corinthians 12:27-28.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-7.

God gives will.  “The statement found approval with the whole congregation”.  Verse 5.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”  Isaiah 55:10-11.


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