I’m studying the Book of Acts right now and I’m on chapter 10 where it speaks about this man, Cornelius being a righteous, generous God-fearing man, but still separated from God because he lacks knowledge about Jesus. It says how God knew his heart and how much he wanted to be intimate with God, so He tells him to send for Peter. Now Peter on the other hand is praying when God shows him a vision basically preparing him for his mission to spread the Gospel with the Gentiles, a person who is not Jewish. Peter was reluctant because he’s still thinking Jews are the only ones that he’s supposed to share the Gospel with but that’s not case because after Jesus came and died on the cross everyone was given access to become followers of Jesus. As the story goes, Peter goes to meet with Cornelius, still not sure of the reason. Once Peter gets there, he tells them how unlikely it is for the Jews and Gentiles to even communicate but Cornelius explains to him why he sent for him in the first place. So Peter then realizes that God has no favoritism, and how the Gospel was meant for everyone who believes in His death and resurrection. Once they HEARD the Gospel, the Holy Spirit fell upon them. Just like that. I’m now studying how powerful the Gospel is and how people are in such need of hearing the truth. How just by speaking it, it saves lives.
After reading this passage, I began to pray. He took me back to the first time I heard the Gospel. I was working at Macy’s and my co-worker, a beautiful girl and so in love with God, kept sharing the gospel with me. Even when I didn’t care to receive it, she always talked about Jesus. I was partying, doing drugs in the bathroom stalls at work yet she was always around me spreading love and never judging me. Simply showing me who God was. I found it so fascinating when I realized how God planned out the whole encounter with Cornelius and Peter so that His name will be known and people will not only encounter Him, but be saved. I looked at my life and just saw how every meeting and encounter was planned, so that I can be saved. Even when I was not actively looking for Him, He knew my heart. He planned it all out! He knows what we need and what we lack. He works it all out for our good. He uses people, scriptures, events, circumstances to reveal himself to us. I will forever be grateful for His guidance.
He knew Cornelius’ needed to hear the Gospel for his salvation and He knew Peter needed to see that the Gospel was for everyone who believed! He knows us and what we need, so we don’t have to worry about what’s next. We just have to come to Him and get to know Him and trust Him. He is our Father, our guide, our GPS, our thermometer. He lets us know what’s up. When and where to move. He knows. But, the only way for us to know, is to listen to Him and walk by faith. This blessed me so much because I’m so hard on myself and I worry about my future, but He is my guide. He has the blue print for my life! I can just rest in Him. Thank you Jesus. He’s still waiting to speak to you, will you listen?