Acts 10:1-33; Joshua 7-8; Job 24
When God works, walls that separate people fall down. Barnabas brought Saul to the disciples and walls fell down. Peter, after performing some miracles was praying and God broke down a major wall. A Roman Centurion who sought God was told that God would send Peter to him. Peter, after seeing a strange vision got the command from God. “While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.’” (Acts 10:19-20) There was a wall between Jews and Gentiles – especially the Roman occupiers. As God prepared to destroy that wall He not only used a Roman – He used a Roman soldier named Cornelius who was sympathetic to Judaism. While Peter seemed puzzled about the situation, he went, found out what God had told Cornelius, and then Peter obeyed God and told Cornelius about Jesus. Robert Frost was right when he let us know that good fences don’t make good neighbors. Walls separate us from God and each other. We build physical walls to separate and protect ourselves; we build virtual walls to protect us from people who aren’t the same as us. God doesn’t love those walls and uses us to break them down. In a world where too many people live behind physical or virtual walls, He uses us to break through to show His love.
Oh Lord – walls are comfortable. We know our boundaries. We have our comfort zone. Yet you call us to break down our walls and the walls of those around us with Your love and grace. Make me uncomfortable today Lord as You lead me to break through walls separating me from another and their relationship with Christ.