Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 8:1b, 4 A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria.....But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.
God can use anything to accomplish His purpose.
In our passage today, we see that He used persecution to fulfill Acts 1:8. We don't know if the disciples would've spread throughout Judea and Samaria on their own or not. But God sure jumpstarts that here.
God can use anything. And He will always be the victor. I'm sure Satan thought he was winning by persecuting the Jerusalem church, but it ended up backfiring in a big way.
Nothing can thwart the purposes of God.
Monday's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Samuel 16-18, Acts 9