Political leaders, law enforcement agents, court justices, medical professionals, school superintendents, news anchors, even frequenters on social media. It seems everyone, everywhere has something to declare these days.
As I was reading in the book of Acts this week, I read about the event where Jesus’ followers were gathered together and were filled with the Holy Spirit. With the Spirit’s power, they were able to speak in known languages (which they had not learned) so that foreigners visiting Jerusalem could understand. My curious mind wanted to know, what were they saying? In Acts 2:11, the bewildered crowd gives a hint, “… we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
So, what ‘wonders of God’ did they declare? Scripture does not specify so let’s brainstorm some possibilities. Were they affirming the wonders of God’s awesome creation, recalling amazing stories of God intervening throughout history, or recounting Jesus’ recent resurrection and ascension into heaven? Perhaps they were relating some of Jesus’ miracles or how He had answered specific prayers or met needs of the believers.
This caused me to reflect on the prayers God has recently answered in my life and of those around me. He truly is working wonders in so many ways. I just need to be ready, when the opportunity arises, to declare these wonders to others. Remember what Peter told his critics. “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). So, whether we tell the good news of the gospel or share how God has provided or answered prayers, may we speak up and boldly declare ‘the wonders of God.’