Read Job 22:1 through 24:25; Acts 5:21–42
June 30 is Meteor Watch Day in the United States, a time for stargazers to celebrate space debris that streaks across the night sky. June is also Turkey Lovers Month, National Accordion Awareness Month, Candy Month, and Fight the Filthy Fly Month. However, the apostles found something better to rejoice over.
The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus (Acts 5:41).
At first glance, the apostles’ experience in Acts 5 seems like a strange cause for celebration. Why would anyone rejoice after being imprisoned and beaten? They may have recalled Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:11–12, Jesus said His followers should rejoice and be glad when people persecute them for their faith. In such times, they can cling to the assurance that God will ultimately bless and reward them.
When Christians look at their circumstances from an eternal perspective, every day with Jesus is a reason to celebrate. Even in tough times, you can be sure God will strengthen and care for you.
Challenge for Today: Take time to celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout the day.
Quicklook: Acts 5:32–42