Friday, June 19, 2009
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John . . . . 'And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness.' . . . And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness." Acts 4:13, 29, 31
"Boldness" is the key word in Acts 4. The apostles had not been bold. Now they were, having seen the risen Christ and having been drenched with the Holy Spirit. But they needed still more boldness.
After the Council ordered them to shut up about Jesus, they were dismissed. Walking back through the streets of Jerusalem and seeing their faces on wanted posters here and there, they gathered with their friends to pray. What miracle did they ask God for? Not that the wanted posters would disappear. They prayed for the miracle of more boldness. And God gave it.
"Boldness" is a biblical word. That means God defines it. We are not bold witnesses when we think we're being bold; we are bold witnesses when God thinks we're being bold, when God looks down on us and turns to the angel Gabriel and says, "Gabriel, look at those guys. Now that's what I call bold!"
For people like us, that's a miracle. And God works miracles.