Reading: Acts 11: 1-10
This day, may we experience God in a new or unexpected way. May God break into our ordinary and reveal Himself to us in a way that grows our faith. May it be through an encounter with Him or through someone who crosses our path this day.
In today’s text, Peter encounters God in a new way that totally changed how He looked at a whole group of people. It was a radical shift that was made in a relatively short time frame. Today’s story has two lessons for us as we continue on our faith journey.
First, God is patient. God did not reveal the vision of the sheet and animals once and then hope Peter understood. He kept running the vision until Peter understood what God wanted him to know. We too require God’s patience. The person God wants us to minister to or to enter a caring relationship with may come to us repeatedly if necessary – maybe in person, maybe through the Spirit bringing them to our mind, maybe through a conversation with another person – until we realize God is at work. Then we must respond.
Second, God seeks to increase our faith through our experiences. Peter knew that God loved him and the Jewish people through his life experiences. Culturally and religiously he had been taught exclusivity in God’s love for humanity. Through the vision, Peter’s understanding of God’s love grew greatly. Peter came to know God’s love as universal and unconditional and unlimited. He now knew how BIG God’s love is. We too must come to know this. Once we understand that God loves all people, then how we seek, look at, interact with, relate to, and love others is radically changed. May we see that person or those people today in a new way, through eyes and a heart that reflects the vast and unconditional, unlimited, universal love of God.