17 The high priest, together with his allies, the Sadducees, was overcome with jealousy. 18 They seized the apostles and made a public show of putting them in prison. 19 An angel from the Lord opened the prison doors during the night and led them out. The angel told them, 20 “Go, take your place in the temple, and tell the people everything about this new life.” 21 Early in the morning, they went into the temple as they had been told and began to teach. When the high priest and his colleagues gathered, they convened the Jerusalem Council, that is, the full assembly of Israel’s elders. They sent word to the prison to have the apostles brought before them. 22 However, the guards didn’t find them in the prison. They returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison locked and well-secured, with guards standing at the doors, but when we opened the doors we found no one inside!” 24 When they received this news, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were baffled and wondered what might be happening. 25 Just then, someone arrived and announced, “Look! The people you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain left with his guards and brought the apostles back. They didn’t use force because they were afraid the people would stone them. (Acts 5:17-26, CEB)
How did they get out of a locked prison and back into the temple? We know because we read that an angel came to them and God did it, but the Chief Priest and the rest have no clue. When the guards went to the temple to get the apostles to bring them before the council they didn’t use force because they feared for their life.
What has God done in your life that really doesn’t make sense to those around you or to you? God can and will do things that defy our natural understanding and confuse us. But rest assured that God is in control and will do as God pleases.
We just need to follow along and do as we are instructed. That is to love.
Loving People. Loving God.