Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
One of the greatest hindrances in the life of many Christians is the fear of man. They love God, they seek God, they even serve God, but when they receive direction from him that others will not approve of, they will not move forward. This is something every Christian deals with. It is actually not a bad thing to consider how your actions will affect other people. As a Christian, you should consider others. The issue comes in when you have received direction from God but will not move forward because you have those around you who you know will not approve.
The apostles found themselves in this situation many times. In Acts 5 God has been moving mightily. Lives are being changed and miracles, signs, and wonders are taking place. The High Priest and council had previously told them to no longer preach this message of Christianity and Jesus as Savior. They kept preaching, so they rounded them up and threw them in jail. God sent an angel and set them free. They went right back to preaching! They rounded them up again and wanted to know why they were still preaching this message after being told not to. Peter responded in Acts 5:28 by saying, “… We ought to obey God rather than man.”
Maybe today you have direction from God that you know others will not like or approve of. What will you do? Will you disobey God to please others, or will you choose obedience to God above all else? If you do not choose obedience to God, even when others don’t like it, you will never accomplish God’s plan for your life!
Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” Obey the direction God has given you today! God knows what’s best for you and he will keep you as you step out and obey him!