Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Acts 2:12 (NIV)
The Holy Spirit comes over them and they begin proclaiming the wonders of God. People from everywhere hear them but understand the words in their own language. But this is coming from simple men from simple backgrounds. How could it be that they can speak so many different languages? How can it be that uneducated men can teach others of the Lord? What can it mean that amazing intelligence has come over them? Who can explain the perplexing movements of the Holy Spirit?
Somewhere in the wisdom of God He sees fit to minister in this Way. Where is the power in teaching if the one giving the lecture is the most studied authority on his or her subject? When God uses the simple person to convey His secrets to the world, then it can only be by the hand of God. When God wants to speak to someone is it wonderful and amazing that He can use someone who could only convey what is given to them from above?
Christians today like to know their subject well. We trust the well-informed teachers. But if we really want to hear from the Spirit of God, should we open ourselves to be pleasantly amazed and perplexed over where our word of encouragement could come?
Dear Father in Heaven,
Release Your Spirit upon Your people again we pray! Let all who hear and see be amazed and perplexed at the wisdom and power of those who give only what the get from You!