Patterns of Providence

“I see very clearly clearly that God doesn’t show partiality.  In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.” (Acts 10: 34-35 NLT)

THE EIGHTH STEP: Look for a pattern in the way God reveals His will.

In chapter 10 of Acts we read that the Apostle Peter had a vision of a sheet with animals on it, animals which the Law of Moses would not permit a devout Jew to eat.  Peter was told three times to kill and eat those animals.   He refused each time.  Then, he heard knocking on the door.  The Spirit told him to go with the men who were knocking, asking no questions about why they came looking for him.  Peter soon learned they were not only Gentiles, but the servants of his enemy, a Roman Centurion.  When he arrived at the home of this Roman army officer, he was asked to speak to the Centurion’s entire household.  The first thing Peter told them was that God had shown him not to call any man common or unclean.

Peter did not think this series of events was a coincidence, but saw these happenings as a pattern of divine guidance.  These events depict the way the Great Commission of Jesus, to preach the Gospel, crossed over a tremendous barrier of prejudice.  Peter’s experience ultimately revealed the glorious reality that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not for the Jew only, but for every person in every nation on earth.

Since our God is a God of order and the “thumbprint” of God can be seen in the extraordinary design of His creation, we should expect to see order and design in the way God reveals His will for our lives.

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