Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house. Standing outside the gate, they asked if a man named Simon Peter was staying there. Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.” So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?” They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.” So Peter invited the men to stay for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some of the brothers from Joppa.
(Acts of the Apostles 10:17-23 NLT)
Peter was pondering the interpretation of his vision. The Lord had shown it to him three times. Interesting, it is, that Peter denied Jesus three times (Matthew 26:75), was asked by Jesus about his love for him three times (John 21:15-17), saw this vision three times (Acts 10:16), and had three men come to seek him (Acts 10:7). God was certainly trying to drive home some things to Peter. Does God have to repeat things to you? He does to me sometimes!
God has a way of getting our attention no matter where we are. He is always aware of our whereabouts and can reach us right there. Peter didn't fully understand what he was supposed to do but it was about to be made clear. The story unfolded step by step. God's will is unfolded step by step. When we don't understand, when we can't see His plan, when we can't trace His hand, let's trust His heart.
Rev. Curtis Norris