Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” “No, Lord,” Peter declared.” I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” -Acts 10:13-14 (NLT)
How could Peter refuse the instruction of God in such a way? I can’t imagine telling God why His instructions are wrong. On second thought, I can easily replace Peter’s name with my own. Just think back on a time when God clearly instructed you to do something, but you came back with reasons and excuses why His instructions were not right for you.
But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven. -Acts 10: 15-16 (NLT)
How many times do we pray and ask God for direction or for His wisdom to make the best decisions? God instructs us but, in return, our hearts and minds are filled with doubt or we simply refuse to believe it’s Him. There is no telling how many new lessons, and opportunities we miss out on. If you continue to read chapter 10 you will see Peter made a few important decisions here, including listening, humbling himself, trusting God, and following the lead of the Holy Spirit. Peter stopped debating God’s instructions, which led to the spreading of the gospel and the good news!