June 1, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Acts 2:8, “How is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?”
A long time ago, on the day of Pentecost, a miraculous thing happened. The Holy Spirit’s power came upon the Apostles, giving them the ability to speak fluently and instantly in languages they had never learned. Amazing!
What happened is the direct opposite of another event that is recorded for us in the Bible, the tower of Babel. The people all spoke the same language. They were prideful. They decided they could build a tower to reach God. God confused their languages and put an end to their defiance.
On Pentecost, instead of using language to separate these people, God endowed his disciples with a gift that drew the people together. Pentecost demonstrated that “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” Let us all remember Pentecost this week as we meet people who are not like us, that in fact, they are like us, we all need Jesus. Jesus lived, died, and rose for them too.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for demonstrating your mercy and power on the day of Pentecost. Give me a heart that sees every person’s need to know about your mercy and your power. In Jesus’ saving name, I pray. Amen