The vision that Peter receives in Acts 10 has for a long time fascinated me.  In that passage, this devout man of God sees heaven opened and an “object like a great sheet” lowered to earth containing what he had previously understood to be unclean animals.  When God tells him to kill and eat these supposedly unclean animals, he objects, telling God that he would never eat them, as he knows from Scriptural laws that these animals were off limits for human consumption.  But in response to Peter’s objections, God tells Peter, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”  What Peter forgets in his inexperience is that the source of all laws and all truth is God Himself.  Since God is the source, He alone has complete understanding of Truth and He alone has authority to say what is true or good and what is not.  Moreover, since God is Sovereign, He always has freedom to act as He pleases and in a way which reminds us of His Glory and reminds us of what truly is right or good. 

Our understanding of what is right and good is always very limited, no matter how long we might study scripture or spend time in prayer with God over many years.  The only truth and wisdom that we can understand is what God reveals to us.  So we should never feel pride in our own knowledge or feel too confident in what we know.  There is and always will be more for us to learn while we are on this earth.  There will always be one more perspective that we have not considered and one more thing that we just did not know.  Until we go to be in His presence at the rapture or in the event of our own death, we will always have some degree of ignorance.  This is what Paul was referring to in 1 Corinthians 13 when he wrote, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”   Our knowledge and understanding while we are in this flesh will always be like looking in a dirty mirror.  The images that we think we see are distorted by the circumstances of this sin-fallen world or by our own limitations or weaknesses. 

Absolutely no one has or will have perfect knowledge while in this flesh or while on this earth in its present state.  At best, any of us only has less ignorance than anyone else.  And since we have no reason for pride in knowledge, then we should never be judgmental of others or quick to judge what things God is working in and what things He isn’t working in.  He has surprised me so many times by showing me the many unusual places He is at work, the many unexpected people He is working in, and the infinite variety of ways that He works or approaches people.  With every day that I walk in fellowship with Him, He surprises me by how much bigger, smarter, more powerful, etc., He is than I expected previously.  The only limitation in God from my perspective is my own ignorance in comprehending how amazing and great He truly is.  No matter how often I try to wrap my mind around His Greatness, His Creativity, His Love, or anything about Him, I always come up short.  My limited understanding always falls woefully short of the magnitude of Who or What He Is.  This is why I remain ever humble about truth and wisdom, and this is why I am always open to serve Him in any new way that He shows me or open to recognize His Work in unusual and mundane things or people.  I don’t think I will ever understand His Greatness while I am in this body.

I pray that you will walk in Peace and Fellowship with our Awesome God today and that He will make you just a little more aware of His Greatness today. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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