Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. 16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
Peter had been juiced up by the Holy Spirit to have the cajones to speak up in this manner, especially with the rollercoaster of denial, restoration he had been on with Jesus’ resurrection and all.
Peter makes it clear that alcohol isn’t a factor in the startling reality of multiple languages being spoken in the presence of their respective corresponding peoples and beyond.
This truly needed to be an inspired event for it to happen. Ho hocus-pocus, no smoke and mirrors. The person who was ‘licensed’ to navigate the crowd through the confusion was Peter, the steadfast.
There may be times in your life where you will have to keep your head on a swivel, looking for the phenomena, and those who lack comprehension. It’s quite a job to keep track of how people are understanding what was going on.
Explaining the reaction of people to God’s influence to people who have not experienced the same, can be tricky.It can lead to people walking away in doubt, frustration.
You may be put in a situation where you need to step up, and clear the air. Be ready in season and out. Look for those who are having trouble understanding, and speak up!
Prayer: God, keep my heart flexible enought hat I can be ready to do your will, dispel false info, and share who you are each day of my life. Amen.