The last word, Acts 5:17-21:
17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 ‘Go, stand in the temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people all about this new life.’ 21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin – the full assembly of the elders of Israel – and sent to the jail for the apostles.
They can lock up preachers; but they can’t lock up God’s Word and they can’t lock up God! We need to remember who is in charge ultimately. There may be a growing anti-Christian sentiment in our country, and in the west generally, but however violent or aggressive people may become, God has the final say. There is no jail He can’t bust His people out of if He wants to. But whatever happens to the preachers, the Word will get out. It is unstoppable because God is.Essentially the apostles had been told (by man) not to enter the temple courts and teach; but they were following higher orders (21). The last word is always with Almighty God.
There is a lot of hysteria and fear in the air at the moment, but I think we need to remember that not everything we read about politicians in the media is the unvarnished truth. I don’t want to believe lies about people (most of whom I will never meet) just because I heard it on the news. We are very far from having totally accurate and unbiased reporting. That said, even if certain leaders are as bad as they are made out to be, our responsibility remains to pray for those in high office (1 Timothy 2). I believe Franklin Graham was quite right to read this passage at the inauguration of President Donald Trump. One of the most important things American Christians can do for him and his officials is to pray for them. Many years ago, the missionary Frank Laubach wrote that every day we can enter the White House (apply this to your equivalent building(s) and influence the President by our prayers. He was so right.
‘’These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open’’ (Revelation 3:7).
PRAYER: Lord God, you are seated immovably on the throne of the universe. Therefore I will not panic, but trust in you, and prove that in quietness and confidence will be my strength.