Acts 10:15 The voice said to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.”
One of the blessings of being a pastor is listening to people tell of their encounters with the divine. They tell me of highly improbable coincidences filled with meaning. They do not come seeking confirmation of the message they have received, but with an overflowing joy they desire to share with someone, a joy that I have been privileged to confirm.
The readings for today provide examples of difficult messages: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 tells of God commanding Samuel to commit treason and anoint a new king while Saul continued to rule Israel; and Acts 10:1-16 reports God commanding to Peter to violate dietary rules. Although both Peter and Samuel were initially reluctant, each get to participate in advancing God’s kingdom.
How do you discern when God calls you to do something new?