Re:Verse reading–Acts 4:5-31 (day seven)
There is a story in Luke 16 that puzzles me. Two men die. One goes to heaven, the other goes to hell. The man in hell begs for a drop of water to touch his tongue which Abraham denies. Then he begs Abraham to send the other dead man to his house to warn his 5 brothers of the torment of hell, which Abraham also denies. The man in hells believes if they see a miracle they will surely repent, but Jesus knows better.
“If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.” Luke 16:31
In my heart, I want those 5 brothers to believe when God does something incredible, but some people are not going to change their minds no matter what they see or what you say. Peter is confronted with this fact in Acts 4. The rulers see an unmistakable miracle and instead of believing they try to suppress the Gospel. Did none of them wonder what God was doing?
No matter what you do or what you say you will not be able to convert all the naysayers. All we can do is be a faithful witness to the Gospel, and our God will shape people’s hearts. If they do not believe you have not failed, they have failed. They have failed to see God for who He really is.