No way!! That is the common answer when something simply amazing happens. That is the best reaction to the amazing miracle of Peter’s release from Herod’s prison. Herod was always looking for ways to gain favor with the Jews that he ruled and the Romans that ruled him. He found a common enemy—The Church. He first killed John’s brother, James. That was met with approval by both Rome and the Jews—So he arrested Peter.
Under heavy guard, Peter faced an imminent trial and execution. Peter was then about to see God intervene. God’s angel entered the jail, released Peter and led him out of the prison through the 16 guards charged with his security. Once free, Peter realized, for the first time, he was not truly dreaming. God did intervene to carry out his plan.
In our lives, we see God’s hand–day in and day out. He rarely intervenes so dramatically, but, as with Peter, God assures that his plan will be completed. As we walk with him, we continue to trust God with our future and the timing of our future. When we do, he will deliver us, provide for us and prepare us for our journey.
The most difficult part is initially trusting God. It is not nearly so difficult when life is easy, but when adding trials, traumas and temptation—our natural reaction is to take control and depend upon ourselves. God has shown time and again that is not the best approach. Solomon said it best, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your path straight!” Proverbs 3:5-6
God Bless You
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”