“So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I (Peter) to think that I could stand in God’s way?” Acts 11:17.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Exodus 37-38, Psalm 19, and Acts 11.
Peter went to the house of a Gentile named Cornelius after getting divine guidance to do so. After a successful visit with Cornelius, Peter returned to Jerusalem and encountered criticism from his associates. Jews did not mix with Gentiles.
Peter’s response is quoted above.
How often believers decide how things will be. We give God directives and wait for Him to follow our lead. What could we possibly be thinking!
We ignore bringing God into the lives of those who hate us, whether that is individual or universal.
We must live as if God is amazing, because He is! His powers have NO limitation.
Paul (Saul) was the enemy. He was determined to hurt believers. Good person to avoid and that was the approach Ananias voiced when an angel appeared to Him saying to go to Paul. Ananias, like us so often, had a “small” version of God in His mind.
We are told to pray for our enemies. Let them bring out the best in us. If we can get in our heads that God can turn His enemies in to followers, then of course we’ll pray for them! If we think otherwise, we will let them continue as they are.
We have Muslims in our midst. We have the avowed godless in our midst. Can God work in their lives? We must take Peter’s approach: “who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way.” Pray for them.
“Lord, forgive me for limiting You in thought, word, and deed. You are omnipotent. No one, no religion is beyond Your reach. I ask for Your life-changing interaction in the lives of those in my family who are most resistant to You. Turn them, Father. I know that You can do it!”
No one, and that includes those who dislike us and our way of thinking the most, is beyond the touch of God. Pray accordingly.