Gos is using the persecution of His church to strengthen His church in Acts 12.  Few things are more frightening than official opposition to God with the power of deadly force behind it.  But God focuses in His Word on the provision He provides in the midst of the persecution.  Peter is delivered from prison and death.  And the one who does the persecuting? He dies at God’s hand.  God is an avenging God as well as a merciful one. These stories remind us that God is actively aware of our lives and actively providing our needs. We need to wait on Him.

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