He Could, But Would Not

A devotion on Acts 14:3

Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
–Acts 14:3

I was speeding to work on the highway.

I had barely slept, but needed to head right back to work. With nothing else in mind but to get there as quickly as I could, I drove intently, focusing on nothing else.

Then flashing lights forced me back to awareness. I had crossed the state line and the speed limit had suddenly changed, but my speed had not.

I slowed down, signaled, and pulled over.

The officer walked over and asked for my drivers license and vehicle registration. After seeing my spotless driving record, he gave me a warning and allowed me to cautiously continue my journey.

Though he had the authority to hold me guilty under the law, he extended unearned grace to me. The officer’s lights, car, and badge silently testified to who he was and the power he had in reserve, but grace made him decide against wielding it.

I appreciated his grace because I was knew that he had both power and authority to give me the ticket that would have marred my perfect record — even though there was no doubt that I deserved it.

So it is with God. Though He wields unmatchable power, His wonderful saving grace is what allows me to boldly testify of His love.


Dear God, Your mighty acts testify of Your strength and power. Thank You for tenderly interacting with me in grace. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray, Amen.


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