“Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.” – Acts 9:31
The Bible is the greatest book, and every chapter, verse, and word is filled with beauty and power because they are all the words of God.
But sometimes when we read a verse by itself, we can miss the real story of what was going on in the lives of the people of that day.
Reread today’s verse and think about what it means to you then check out the following truths about the verse:
- The peace mentioned here actually means less persecution. The early church faced severe persecution and it subsided for a while so they had some peace from persecution.
- The church grew in number because persecution caused the believers to scatter and start new churches in other places in the world. Their strength came from their total dependence on God during persecution.
- The fear of the Lord was not like being afraid but meant these people loved God so much that He was their reason for living and they were willing to follow Him even if it meant death.
- The comfort of the Holy Spirit came from the actual presence of God in their lives and from the assurance of knowing in their minds that God was real, and that the sharing of the Gospel was their true calling.
Isn’t it amazing how a verse can take on new meaning when we do a little Bible study into the background?