“Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, ‘Peter is at the door!’” Acts 12: 13-14 (NIV)
Peter’s day had gone from bad to worse. King Herod had ordered his arrest. He was thrown into prison, which meant he was missing the Passover.
Herod was so paranoid that he ordered sixteen guards to keep an eye on Peter. His escape wasn’t that comfortable, either.
An angel hit him to wake him up and after being led to the city gate by the angel, Peter was afraid to hope this was really happening to him.
“Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me.’” (v. 11).
He made his way to a friend’s house. Inside the house, those who loved him were “earnestly praying”. So Peter knocked.
And Rhoda came.
The Servant Girl That Believed
Rhoda was just a servant girl in many people’s eyes, but she was a girl of courage that day.
She didn’t even have to see Peter to believe the impossible (that he was out of prison and standing on the doorstep). All she had to do was hear his voice.
In fact, she grew so excited once she realized it was him that she left him standing there with the door still closed in his face!
No one believed her at first.
“‘You’re out of your mind,’ they told her.” (v. 15)
But Rhoda didn’t give up. She stood up for Peter—and for the God who had rescued him.
She knew what God was capable of and she had the courage to proclaim it even when everyone called her crazy.
And she didn’t even have to see his face first. All she heard was his voice and that was it: she was sold. She knew who was on the other side of that door and she wasted no time in making his presence known.
Faith Like Rhoda
I want to be like Rhoda. I may never have seen Jesus face-to-face but I have heard Him speaking through His Word and through my life.
I know He’s right there with me every moment, even though I can’t see Him and it seems insane that He would be by my side all the time.
Still, I’m sure.
Now I want to be as courageous as Rhoda and not be afraid to tell others Who He is.
Even though it sounds like I’m out of my mind when I say my Best Friend died on a Cross for me and is the Son of God, I’m going to keep on saying it and making His presence known.
Who wants to join me?
God, I want to be as courageous as Rhoda and make it known that I believe in You, no matter what. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Rhoda is never mentioned again in the Bible. Sometimes speaking up for God doesn’t earn us recognition. Today, thank someone who has spoken to you about God’s love without looking for applause.
Did you know God is eager to speak to you through His Word? How do you make time to spend with Him?