Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotional #36
“Keep Me Posted…”
Matt Destry – Communications Pastor
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
What was the last thing you heard God say to you? Sometimes we can be so invested in what God said last year, that we do not hear what He’s saying now. Of course, nothing will EVER add to Scripture, and we’re not suggesting that God will ever speak to us contrary to His Word, but in a living, dynamic relationship with God by the Holy Spirit, we need to be attentive to His voice in our lives today.
Peter is being accommodated at the house of Simon the Tanner. The comedy in this scene is palpable. Peter, a Jew, who by the law is not meant to associate or touch dead animals, is living with a taxidermist – one who specialises in dealing with animal carcasses. He is hungry (perhaps due to the smell of meat) and goes to the roof of the house – it was common in those days for houses to have rooftop areas much like a deck or verandah. Slipping into a trance, he sees all kinds of animals falling from a sheet in heaven, with a voice saying “Kill, and eat”. Peter, a good Jew, has never touched any of these things!
What Peter experienced was an update of God’s will. In this particular case, the message was pertaining to God’s love and acceptance for the Gentile nations that surrounded Jerusalem. God was about to pour out His Spirit on the Gentiles, and He was telling Peter that no more was there to be a ‘wall of hostility’ between Jew and Gentile, that all would be one under Jesus Christ! This would be authenticated by the infilling of the Spirit, experienced at the house of Cornelius in just a few days’ time. Up until this point, the Gentiles had been ‘unclean’ – but the new era of the Spirit had come! Peter heard God, and it gave him confidence to go with the friends of Cornelius when they arrived at the house of Simon the Tanner.
We must remain attentive to the voice of God. We must also remember that no-one is outside of His reach. God can draw anyone, the gift of the Spirit is for all who would call on Him in faith, and as His disciples we should remember to listen to His voice today, as there may be keys to unlock this life of God in others.
1/ When was the last time God spoke to you from His word?
2/ How did you respond?
3/ Ask God to speak to you with special insight and wisdom in order for you to have spiritual conversations with people in your world.