Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Nothing can stop God’s good purpose for us

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

17th February 2013

In Acts chapter 12 Peter is about to be killed. Herod had just killed James, with the sword (Acts 12:2) and he seems determined to do the same thing to Peter.

Peter was put in prison with four squads of soldiers keeping watch (V.4-5), two chains on his hands, a soldier on either side, and more at the door.

The night before his execution, an angel from God woke him, and “the chains fell off his hands” (V.7). The soldiers stayed fast asleep, and as the angel led Peter out of the prison we read in verse 10,

‘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…’

The New King James translation of verse 10 says that the gate ‘opened to them of its own accord’.

That’s an interesting phrase, ‘of its own accord’.

Gates don’t have any accord. They do not have any will, or desire, they make no decisions. It seems like a rather odd translation.

The Greek word translated ‘by itself’ or ‘of its own accord’ is automate, from which we get the word, Automatic. [Auto = self. Mate = an impulse]. So, the gate opened of its own impulse.

Now, of course, we know it’s a figure of speech. Gates don’t have impulses; it was God who opened the gate.

And it’s interesting to note that everything was working according to God’s will. The soldiers who had minds slept. The gate that had no mind opened. Nothing is too hard for God.

Peter’s work was not done. So, no mere king, no mere soldier, and no mere gate, could stop him. Not yet; not until his God given work was completed.

Just think about it for a moment. Gates, locks, iron bars. How many of these are between you and God’s call on your life?

Maybe it’s lack of money. Maybe disability or lack of training or discouragement or fear, anger, prejudice; or the loss of a loved one. There can be innumerable iron bars in our way preventing us from moving forward in God’s will.

But these obstacles do not have a mind of their own. The gate didn’t. And they don’t.

And no matter what obstacle confronts us we know that, ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans 8:31)

Paul also makes clear in this chapter that ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ (V.28)

God has a good plan for every one of His children, and until God’s good purpose is complete for you, mindless obstacles will not stop us.

The soldiers did not wake up; Peter’s chains fell off; and the gate opened. Mindless material obeys the will of God, as do mindless states.

If God does have a good purpose for us, and He does, every gate will open of its own accord, until that good purpose has come about. Not even death can ‘separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (V.38-39)

And remember, it is God who opens the gate not us. We can’t make it open. We pray. We trust. We believe. And we wait. The power belongs to God.

Let’s not look at our locked gates and despair. Rather let’s trust Him together. Let’s believe that there are no locked gates He cannot open.

Have a good week walking through the gates God opens.

Pastor Barry

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