Scripture for Today: Acts 4:13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
The Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite characters from this 1939 film! Even though he is the “King of the Forest” he does not think he is courageous. He wants courage from the great Oz, not realizing that he already has it! He mistakens his fear for lack of courage. But courage can be defined as acting in the face of fear!
In today’s verse, Peter and John are showing courage. They had been seized and thrown in prison by the rulers, elders and teachers of the law. When appearing before them to give a defense, Peter, filled with the Spirit, stood fearlessly and preached Jesus. Their accusers watching them were not only surprised but astonished that such unschooled and ordinary men would be showing such courage. And they rightly concluded that these men had been with Jesus! The Spirit God gives does not make us timid! (II Tim. 1:7)
I have not been called before the law to defend my faith in Christ. But if it should ever happen, I believe God through His Spirit would give me the courage I need. I may tremble inside but He would help me face my fears. When I show courage in the face of any opposition, it is a sure sign that I have spent time with Jesus! I am told to wait on the Lord and be of good courage (Psalm 27:14) because He is the One who will strengthen my heart! Any courage I show would not come from me but from Him.
Thank you Lord, that you can make a lion out of this kitten!