An Inconvenient Obedience
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, "We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man's blood upon us." But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men. —Acts 5:27-29
We are all inconvenienced at some point. Even today, there will be some point at which it will be uncomfortable, unsuitable, or even untimely to be obedient to God. Most days, this inconvenience is about insignificant things of a temporal nature (i.e., traffic, a long meeting, or an unexpected life challenge). But what if these small inconveniences were just preparation for a significant difficulty that was soon to come your way?
Peter, above, was having one of these majorly inconvenient days. His choice was a choice of inconvenient obedience. And his decision was a life or death decision. After all, just weeks before, when confronted with a very similar untimely situation, he denied Jesus three times. But now, because he was inconvenienced then, he learned—he learned to accept the opportunity of inconvenient obedience. It's risky, but there are benefits—one big one is obeying God, not man.
DO THIS: When inconvenienced, be obedient.
PRAY THIS: God, allow me to see the inconveniences of today as divine interventions, not disruptions.
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