A Reason to Believe
A Reson to Believe
Scripture: “When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.”
Observation: This is one of those amazing stories in Acts was the Gospel is initially going out. The Holy Spirit is actively working and nothing or no one will stop the spread of the Gospel. In this chapter Elymas tries to oppose Paul’s message and dissuade the Proconsul from believing in Jesus. Paul, therefore, pronounces a judgment on Elymas and he is blinded for a time. Then comes this verse, “when the proconsul saw this he believed.” I’d think he would. This is pretty amazing stuff, if that’s not a good enough reason to believe then what is? Yet, what stood out to me was not that he believed this sign of the Holy Spirit, it was what we read in the second half of the verse that was amazing…”for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.” The Word of God was what was amazing.
Application: We live in a time of the church when we are asking to see more signs and wonders, we want to see God act powerfully like he id in the early days of the church. However, let’s not miss what is truly amazing, what is the real wonder, it is the message of the Cross. In 1 Corinthians 1:18 Paul says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” For Elymas, who was spiritually blind, the message of the cross was foolishness. However, for the Proconsul it was the power of God. Not the signs and wonders, but the message was the display of God’s amazing power.
Prayer: Yes, Lord, we want to see signs and wonders, yes, we want to see your Spirit move powerfully in our community, in our country and in our world. Yes, we want to see revival. But Lord, may we not be seduced by lesser things, by mere manifestations of your power, but may we be amazed at your power made evident at the cross. May your Gospel be our focus and the reason we believe. Lord, help me to live and share the power of the Gospel today. Amen.