Peter Addresses the Crowd
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams."
Devotion by Julia Shiver
I wonder sometimes how I would react if I were hearing the Bible stories for the first time, as actual events? Jesus walking on water, healing the sick, raising Lazarus from the dead, returning 3 days after his crucifixion? How skeptical would I be when faced with these miracles?
If I were walking through downtown Roswell one morning and saw a group of people who acted for all the world as if they were drunk, proclaiming outlandish things, talking of visions, prophecies, and dreams, I doubt I would take it very seriously. In fact, I would probably go out of my way to avoid them! Public drunkenness and unruly behavior don’t usually make me think of God at work. What would I have missed out on? What miracles would I have turned a blind eye to because of my skepticism and cynicism?
You show yourself to us every day in so many ways. Please open our eyes that we might see and understand your working in our world. Amen.