Acts 14:27 — Rehearsing what God has Done
“And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.”
After arriving back from their missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas get the people together to rehearse (run through, go over) all that the Lord had done and the open doors God had given. I love that the first thing they did when they arrived back was not complain, give prayer request, talk about the challenges and difficulties, rather tell everyone how great God was to them while they were out.
This practice should be a regularity for us as Christians, we should be quick to share with others and remember ourselves how great God has been to us. If we would look at every situation, there is always something for which we can praise God. It would do us good to “rehearse” regularly how good God has been to us, it would change our mindset, our attitude and our outlook… we would almost look for blessings throughout every day instead of just trying to get through a day with the least amount of problems possible.
Rehearsing what God has done should be on the tip of our tongue. In Acts 15:3 they were declaring the conversion of the Gentiles”. In vs. 4 “when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them”. In vs. 12 they began “declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them”. And in 21:19 Paul “declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry”. It appears Paul walked around reminding himself and reminding others of how good God had been to him. We would be smart to do the same.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us that in all of our ways we are to “acknowledge him”. Every day and in every situation a Christian should acknowledge God’s hand of protection, guidance and blessing. God has been good and we should acknowledge that fact… and rehearse it constantly in our life.