Acts 12, John 16, Romans 5, Romans 8
In the seemingly worst situations-- where you cannot see a way out, an end to the trial, nor beauty but only ashes-- where is your source of hope? When you lay awake in bed at night, where do you find your rest?
Peter was in a pretty sticky situation in Acts 12. He was thrown into prison to be executed the following day after just watching his friend, James, be martyred. Acts 12:4 tells us, “And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.” Yikes. Not only was he in prison, but each of his arms chained to a guard, and he had four squads of four soldiers each watching him.
By all humanly expectations there was no hope for him to escape.
As the story continues, it was the night before Peter was to be executed, martyred for his faith and perseverance in spreading the Gospel, and in verse 6 we find Peter “sleeping between two soldiers.” Sleeping? At a time like this? At a time where all hope seems to be lost? Yes, in this moment we see the “Rock” sleeping like a rock. But how?
Peter was able to rest in the midst of this terrible time because he had hope in the One true Savior. He knew and believed what his what his eternal life held. He had unwavering hope in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
In John 16:33 Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
No matter how dark, scary, desolate, or painful our tribulations are, those who know Jesus are already victorious! How matter how sick, sad, or knocked down we become in our trial, we are to take heart! We are to take hope! For hope does not disappoint(Romans 5:5).
In the midst of trials we can rest and hope in the fact that God loves us and is for us. And if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). In the tough times and in the good time, proclaim God’s victory, goodness, and abundant love. Remind yourself who your Rock is, and rest in Him.