“Promptly obedient, they [the apostles] entered the temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching.” Acts 5:20
Peter and other apostles preached openly about Jesus and provoked the Chief Priest who had them arrested. An angel opened the prison door for the apostles to go about their commission to teach. After that, the officials didn’t know what to do with these men, fearing retaliation from God.
The apostles went back to the streets and continued their ministry. This story makes me wonder if I give up too easily when I am imprisoned with fear and doubt. Sometimes there are months between speaking engagements, and I convince myself that maybe I’m too old or my story has been told too many times, or that it is a sign that God wants me to retire. But then I do a speaking engagement and get feedback that reminds me it’s ministry ordained by God, not me.
If I decide to retire from public speaking, I don’t fear retaliation from God. Surely, God, or one of his angels, will lock the door and throw away the key when that time arrives.
Lord, give us a green light to move forward when doubt or fear shackles our confidence. Amen.