But the people of the town were divided in their opinion about them. Some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins as Paul and Barnabas preach with power in Iconium. Verse 1 says so much so, “…that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers.”
In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is even with the gift and power of performing miracles people are people and can still be divided. In other words, even with a miracle some will believe while others regardless will remain unconvinced still. My teaching bible thus says to not spend/waste time hoping, wishing and praying for miracles. Instead, spend time, effort and energy planting seeds of the Good News on the most fertile grounds you can find and share/present the gospel in the best way possible. Perhaps sharing the overly abundant evidence of God at work everywhere as noted in Acts 14:17 which says, “but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.”” And then leave testifying, convincing and convicting to the Holy Spirit.
Hence, my take away today is remembering John 15:26 which says, ““But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” Furthermore, remembering John 16:7-8 which says, “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;”