Have you ever had somebody stand against something you were doing, even though you knew deep within that it’s the absolute right thing to do?  Have you ever stood against somebody who was equally convicted of the right path?  It happens in a lot of areas of life.  It must be part of human nature to get in the way of things at times.  We all do it, and we’ve all had it done to us – and, sometimes, we’re right… sometimes, we’re not.  Early on, the disciples had a lot of opposition – that kind of thing happens when your leader stand against the establishment and then gets executed by the Romans.

After one instance, they were standing before the high council and Peter called them out for their role in Jesus’ death.  Needless to say, this made them very unhappy.  In fact, there were some who decided that they needed to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.  However, one person stood up.  We aren’t told why he did it – maybe he figured that if they started killing everybody that was talking about Jesus they would have a lot of blood on their hands.  So, Gamaliel offers this advice:

Leave these men alone.  Let them go.  If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown.  But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them.  You may even find yourselves fighting against God! (Acts 5:38-39)

That’s some pretty powerful stuff right there, and some pretty good advice.  We need to know when it’s time to just let things run their course, and see what happens.  It can be a scary ride sometimes.  But you never know when God is up to something.  I don’t know about you, but I’m more willing to try something new if it might mean a breakthrough in my spiritual life.  And if it doesn’t… well, at least I’m not being cantankerous and shutting down other people’s hopes and dreams.

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