The Blessing In Obedience

Acts 10 is pivotal. The door opened on the hinges of two men who were obedient. Verse 2 says of Cornelius, “A devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.”
 
The Lord spoke to him in a vision. In Verse 5-6 the angel said, “Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter…He will tell you what you must do.”
 
Cornelius did send for Peter. In the meantime Peter saw a vision that was out of character. The Lord was telling him to kill and eat unclean animals. The Lord said in verse 15, “…What God has cleansed you must not call common.”
 
As Peter thought about the meaning of the vision, Cornelius’ men arrived. Verse 19-20 were his instructions. “…Behold, three men are seeking you…go down and go and go with them, doubting nothing, for I have sent them.”
 
Peter went with them. When he got to Cornelius’ house, they were all waiting for him. Talk about exciting. Verse 33 says, “…we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”
 
In Verse 34-35 Peter opened his mouth and said, “…In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Peter then preached the gospel to them. Cornelius and all his household got saved!
 
Though Cornelius believed in God, he prayed to God, and he gave money for the poor, he was not saved. His religious activity was lifeless. The Lord honored his heart and made the way for him to hear the gospel.
 
King Saul on the other hand heard the word of the Lord through Samuel the prophet. However, he took matters into his own hands and lost his kingdom. 1 Samuel 15:22 says, “…Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to HEED than the fat of rams.”
 
Let’s put the two scenes together. One, there was instant obedience. Two, there was disobedience. We are in a new era with this world wide pandemic. Things as we knew them may never be the same.
 
Isaiah 43:18-19 Amplified says, “Do no (earnestly) remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give HEED to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” May these verses speak to our hearts.

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