Topic: Acts 10:19-20
Praying on a rooftop in Caesarea, Peter, the apostle of stomp and snort, is hungry, and while he waits for his daily bread to be prepared, he seeks the everlasting bread of life (John 6:48). Deeply submerged in the presence of God, Peter sees a vision of food forbidden.
He recoils, saying, "Surely not, Lord! . . . I have never eaten anything impure or unclean" (Acts 10:14). A heavenly voice says, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean" (Acts 10:15).
Peter's perplexed, but at the same time, God is working his plan. Across town is a centurion seeking the one true God. He is a Gentile; he is, in a figurative sense, food forbidden. But God says to look for a man named Peter; and Peter, still wondering what the vision meant, sees three men from Cornelius approaching on the street below.
The Holy Spirit says to Peter, "Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them" (Acts 10:19-20). Peter follows the men to Cornelius' house and finds a crowd already waiting to hear the good news of Jesus, the Christ.
Cornelius tells Peter that, four days before, God promised to send a messenger. In that instant, Peter knew he was the messenger and that the vision meant the gospel is for all people, even Gentiles.
And as Peter began to tell Cornelius' crowd how to make peace with God, the Holy Spirit descended upon them all, even those who were Gentile.
Oswald Chambers described God as the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to such divine appointments.
You've seen how God did this in the lives of Peter and Cornelius; will you watch now for how God engineers divine encounters in the life you can no longer call your own?
Do you expect God to be at work in your own life?