and all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to barnabas and paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the gentiles. after they finished speaking, james replied, “brothers, listen to me. simeon has related how God first visited the gentiles, to take from them a people for his name.” [acts 15:12-14]
what signs and wonders God had done through them
notice, the scripture doesn’t say barnabas and paul told the assembly what they had done, but what God had done through them. it’s easy for us to walk through a day, making decisions, doing work, talking with others, and go the whole day without asking God what he’d like us to do in any of those moments. if you’re like me, you probably do this often.
what would it look like if we started waiting for the Spirit to lead us in what to say in that hard conversation?
what would it look like if we prayed first when presented with an anxiety-inducing situation?
in one day i’m not sure, but over time, i think we’d start talking like paul and barnabas, saying what God had done through us instead of what happened to us. Lord, teach us to hear and know your voice, and depend on your Spirit more every day!
~ stephen hall