Have you ever had an encounter with the Living God? Do you have such encounters on a regular basis? Do you desire such an experience? If not, why not?
As I was thinking about this recently I came across Acts 10. This chapter describes what led up to and happened in the lives of Cornelius and Peter and those associated with them as they met each other for the first time.
Cornelius was a pagan Roman Centurion. He was given the undesirable assignment of Palestine, where over a period of time he became familiar with Jewish religious life. He was intrigued and started doing some of the things they did. He prayed at the times they prayed. He gave generously to those who were in need. He and his family are described as devout and God-fearing.
Peter was staying at a friend’s home Joppa, not far from Caesarea where Cornelius was stationed. Peter never associated with pagans or Gentiles. He was a faithful follower of Jesus and leader in the Church. God sent an angel to Cornelius to instruct him to send for Peter who would be able to explain more clearly how he could have an encounter with the living God. He followed the instructions carefully and even went beyond them.
God had to prepare Peter to go and meet Cornelius. He responded well and went to Cornelius’s home to share the Gospel. During his explanation, Cornelius and those with him had a profound encounter with the living God. They celebrated this experience and spent additional time together learning how to continue the experience of growing in their relationship with the living God.