Acts 10:17-23a

Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Alex Dyson.

“Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon’s house and were standing by the gate. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there.

While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Look, three men are searching for you. Now get up, go down, and go with them without hesitation; for I have sent them.”

So Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for your coming?” They answered, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.” So Peter invited them in and gave them lodging.” Acts 10:17-23a

The timing of Peter’s visions in Acts 10 are of incredible importance. At the time, Jews were prohibited by law from associating with Gentiles. If it wasn’t for the vision and instructions to leave with the strangers, Peter may have allowed prejudice or fear to control him. Instead, Peter obeyed, and the house of Cornelius was baptized after hearing of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

God’s timing is perfect. God provides us with the lessons, experiences, or hardships that we need to grow. God puts us in front of the right people at the right time to either give or receive what is needed. Our purpose at that moment may vary. We may be called to share the news of God’s grace, provide a helping hand for someone in need, or to just hear what someone has to say at that particular moment. No matter what God is calling us to do, that purpose is always significant in ways we may never understand. God knows what we need and when we need it.

So, we must remain open-minded to what God wants from us. We must recognize the gifts and opportunities God has provided us. Have faith and step out of your comfort zone. Do not let your opinions or fears prevent you from sharing or receiving what God has planned. God has not made one person all-knowing or gifted enough to survive alone. We are all children of God, and we need each other.

Let us pray: Father, please help us make the most of the opportunities and gifts you have given us. Give us the strength to be courageous in doing your work and unbiased in sharing your grace and love with others. Amen.

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