The Bible Holds the Answers

15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.” 18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, ‘May another take his place of leadership.’ 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”  (Acts 1:15-22)
 
15 The Holy Scriptures are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)


For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
We are living through a confusing moment in history. There are a lot of changes happening around us and we don’t know the answers to some pretty basic questions. When will the coronavirus restrictions be completely lifted? Will I be allowed to go abroad for my summer holidays? What will the world look like on the other side of this crisis?

That’s why I find it so helpful that the first ever church in Jerusalem was also founded in a time of great uncertainty. What would happen now that Jesus had just ascended back to heaven? How were his followers ever going to fulfil the commission that he had given them to take the Gospel to every nation of the world? What did Jesus mean when he told them to wait for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on all believers?

The Apostle Peter shows us what to do with our questions in times of crisis. He dives deep into the Scriptures to find answers. He reads Psalm 69:25 and notes that the Lord predicted many centuries beforehand that Judas Iscariot would betray Jesus. He reads Psalm 109:8 and draws comfort from the fact that the Lord predicts that gaps will emerge in our churches as his way of raising up new people to serve in those places. Rather than drown in uncertainty and discouragement, Peter lets the difficulty of the moment drive him ever deeper into the pages of the Bible. God has given us those Scriptures to teach us how to respond to our present crisis. They are like a double-edged sword, cutting deep to the heart of the problem. The offer us God-breathed perspective and solutions.
  1. Well done for reading these Everyday Devotions each day to help you reflect on what the Scriptures are saying to us as a church at this moment. What other ways are you pursuing to dive deep into the Scriptures so that you can be strengthened with answers from the Lord?
  2. How much is your Life Group discussion each week helping you with this? Does it feel as though you are just going through a predetermined list of questions each week, or does it really feel like you are grappling with the big questions that you are asking together?
  3. How can you sensitively help to steer your discussions with your Life Group, and your other conversations with church friends, towards a deeper reflection on what the Lord is trying to teach you through the Scriptures?
Father God, I thank you that the Scriptures are full of answers to the questions that I am asking. In the same way that you guided Peter to the right passages in the Psalms and gave him understanding for his own day, please guide me to the right passages through which you want to speak through me today. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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