Apparently there are some things angels refuse to do. Now they seem to get a kick out of freaking out human beings with their appearance. They are not above slapping someone on the side to wake them up. They unlock cell doors and swing open city gates. But they won’t stoop down to help you get up on your feet. They won’t strap your sandals on or help you get dressed. They expect you to have enough intelligence to follow directions and you are gonna have to do your part. Well, at least that’s how it played out when an angel showed up to get Peter out of prison.
It’s a common theme throughout the Bible and throughout history. We choose to do our part and trust that God will do what only he can do!
Paul wrote most of his letters with this theme in mind – half encouraging readers to trust in God and the other half encouraging them to choose wisely.
So which comes first – trust or choice? The chicken or the egg?
They are intertwined and inseparable. We choose to trust and we need trust in order to choose.
- Those who deny trust miss out on the supernatural.
- Those who deny choice miss out on the dignity of the human experience.
God took the ultimate risk in creating man with the ability to choose. He wanted love and you can’t have love without choice. Authentic love was worth the potential consequence of giving us the power to choose.
We need to find the right rhythm to both – giving our best effort and surrendering to God’s will, working hard while depending on God, seeking wisdom and resting in divine direction.
The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. 7 Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered. So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him. Acts 12:6-10 NLT
What do you think? Which comes first in your mind – choice or trust?