When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance and saw the Lord saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ – Acts 22:17-18
Paul had such a dramatic and powerful testimony, he was sure that when He would share it in Jerusalem, revival would break out. These people knew him. He had been the great persecutor of Christians. He was Jerusalem’s golden boy. He had the right degrees, the best teachers, had done everything right. Surely they would listen to Paul. Right?
God knew how closed their hearts were. They were more committed to their religious lives than they were to the truth. Paul didn’t fit their paradigm any more, so he was no longer the “Golden Boy” of Jerusalem.
It is sad when people reject real life testimonies. I watched a professor do it one time. A student from Africa was testifying of raising people from the dead and the professor said, “I can’t accept that, because I have never seen it myself.”
OK, so some people make up stories. We’ve all heard of fakes. That should not make us skeptical of all testimonies. I have never made up a story. Well, not since I was a kid anyway. But I know that my myriad stories of healings and casting out evil spirits often fall on deaf ears of people who have never seen God do those things.
Lord, forgive us for rejecting testimonies. Fill us with faith to expect more, to ask for more and to believe for more.