Food For Thought For October 30, 2023
Fighting Against the Will of God | Acts 11:17Read This Passage: Acts 11:1-18
17 If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”Acts 11:17 NKJV
Peter had just finished preaching to Cornelius, a Roman centurion, whose house, after receiving the word of God accepted Christ (Acts 10:1-5, 44-48); that was a very joyous occasion for both those that accepted Christ and for Peter as well. In fact, it was during that occasion where Peter truly recognized that the word of God is for everybody and not just the Jews. In Acts 11, we see that there were those who were Jews, but followed in the way of Christ, needed to learn that lesson as well.
Peter was questioned about entering the home of uncircumcised people. Those that questioned Peter believed as Peter once did when it came to entering the home of Gentiles; it was not supposed to be done because Gentiles were seen as sinners. Gentile believers initially had it rough with Jewish believers as the Jewish believers felt that Gentile believers weren’t worthy of the word of God due to their sinful history. However, the problem here is that God desires for all people to received His word and to be saved – this is why He gave the world His only begotten Son.
Jesus sat with sinners and ate with sinners Himself! Who are we to question God about His desires – His will? Many people often try to dictate their will over the Lord’s will but which do you think is more important? Don’t ever let anything or anyone hinder nor keep you from doing the will of God. Peter was led by the Holy Spirit of God which leads and guides all of us today. Regardless of what others say you should do, I encourage you to walk by faith according to the Spirit. When you heed the words of the Spirit, you will never be led astray.