Friday – April 26, 2024

1 Samuel 17; 1 Chronicles 2; Acts 12

by Kelli Simpkins 

“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. ‘Quick, get up!’ he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.” Acts 12:7-8

“Why do bad things happen to good people?” This common phrase is a little flawed. See, bad things happen to all people. And we know the reason is because we are in a fallen world. But good things happen too if we can only open our eyes and hearts to see them.

In Acts 12, Herod’s strategy was to murder James and arrest Peter during the Passover celebration to ensure more Jews would be there for him to impress. This was a bad thing. But this level of hatred was no match for the fervent prayers of the church which would lead to a good thing.

Ironically, when their prayers were answered they didn’t initially believe it. When we pray, are we going through the motions, or fully anticipating that they will be answered? In this way, we could all stand to be a little more like David.

In 1 Samuel 17, David had zero doubts that God would see him through this battle. Not for his own glory, but for God’s glory and the good of His people.

Be it chains you’ve got weighing you down or a temporary battle you’re white-knuckling your way through, give it to God fully and trust that He will provide. It may not happen when you want or look the way you expected, but He will not abandon you.


  1. Jean says: