“Go, Doubting Nothing”

 

“Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing” Acts 11:2 Peter declares this as he explains some rather odd behavior to a contentious crowd. Please click the link to enjoy the whole story:  Acts 10:1-11:18

The Apostle Peter is one of my Bible heroes.  At times I gravitate to the people in scripture who struggled to believe…those who needed signs, proof, evidence… I understand where they were coming from, don’t you? Jesus loved Peter – the rough and tough fisherman who once had his act together until Jesus came along and challenged every fiber of his soul and body!

Sitting around a coal fire, the resurrected Jesus commissioned Peter to “Feed His Lambs” and to follow Him regardless of his past mistakes and weaknesses.  And so he did.  One day Peter was praying on the top of a roof in Joppa (flat roofs back then).  He had a powerful vision. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”  “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”  The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

The now ascended Jesus Himself asked Peter to do something that really stretched his thinking and his theology.

Has that ever happened to you? One day, you are just minding your own business or praying to be “more like Jesus”, and the Lord asks you to teach a Bible class, reach out to the homeless, give extra to support missions, give up everything you hold dear….to Follow Him. Have you heard His still small voice from time to time, but began to confer with your own reasons, abilities, resources, or public opinion?

My prayer is that each of us would be drawn so close to Jesus that when His Holy Spirit tells us to go or to do something we will do it, like Peter, “doubting nothing”… Oh by the way, Peter’s obedience to go where the Spirit was leading him opened the door to the Gospel being preached to the Gentiles. So you just never know…

What’s in a word: “doubting” in this scripture is diakrino in the Greek and according to the Strong’s Concordance this word doubting connotes a conflict with oneself, in the sense of hesitating, having misgivings, doubting, being divided in decision making or wavering between hope and fear.1  This Gives us something to think about.

1.  Word Wealth – New Spirit Filled Life Bible -pg. 1512

 

If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it!
Icon Icon Icon