“As I began to speak… the Holy Spirit fell on them….”
Acts 11:15 (NLT)
A divine appointment is when a seeking soul crosses the path of a willing witness and experiences the forgiveness of a gracious God. If you’ve experienced one you know how miraculous and life changing it is! There’s nothing else like the thrill that you feel when God is at work in and through you. The unique effect of a divine appointment is the way in which God works. Whether you are the seeking soul or the willing witness, you both experience God. Through divine appointments, God reveals Himself to both parties leading them to a deeper and more personal and intimate understanding of who He is. Both walk away changed! Both enter a deeper dimension in their relationship with God and each other. Such was the case with Peter and a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment in a city called Caesarea. Peter was about 30 miles north in a town called Joppa. He was in prayer around noon on the rooftop of the home where he was staying. While in prayer God gave Peter a vision that prepared him for his divine appointment with Cornelius. Through a set of circumstances that only God could engineer, Peter accompanied the men that Cornelius sent to invite him to his home. This army captain was seeking God. He’s a great example of a seeking soul and the promise that God has given that He “rewards those who sincerely seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6) and in Jeremiah 29:13,14 where God says, “If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me. ‘I will be found by you,’ says the Lord.’” God connected Peter and Cornelius to show them both a deeper understanding of who He is. Peter, a Jew, would have never entered a Gentile’s home were it not for the vision he received in prayer. A willing witness is a person of prayer. They look for where God is at work and are restfully available and instantly obedient to His call. When Peter arrived he found Cornelius and his entire household of relatives and close friends awaiting him and ready to hear whatever message he had to deliver that the Lord had given him. Peter’s message was short and to the point. He spoke of having peace with God and forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. As he spoke, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who were listening, and they all received Christ and were baptized! This was a huge turning point in the infant church that began at Pentecost when Peter preached his first sermon. The audience there was Jewish. Now the gospel was spreading and bridging radical and ethnic barriers. In this divine appointment God was spreading and bridging racial and ethnic barriers. In this divine appointment, God revealed His Son to Cornelius and his household. They were all saved! But, that’s not all. Peter learned something as well. “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism….” (Acts 10:34 NLT) Pray today for God to lead you to a divine appointment. Look for where he is at work. Be open to learn deeper truths as you obey His voice.