In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said. Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel. And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.” —Acts 10:1-6
So Peter went down and said, “I’m the man you are looking for. Why have you come?” They said, “We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout and God-fearing man, well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to summon you to his house so that he can hear your message.” —Acts 10:21-22
I was at the lake today and went for a swim. Before I started I was talking with a fellow who had come to do a little fishing. As we talked the clear reminder came that I was to be about “fishing” as well. I went for my swim, went to my vehicle and took some gospel info and went to the fellow who was fishing to “fish.” Turned out he was attending a local church and said he was a believer. I handed him the gospel info and said he then would enjoy reading then and shared a couple testimonies of how I have seen the Lord God Almighty work specifically. Then I left.
We never know how the Lord is working in a person’s life until we do some “fishing.” When is the last time you went “fishing?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiGg8RZSJbw
Cornelius was a “fish” that was ready to be caught and Peter was the one the Lord was going to call to “fish” for him. Later in this chapter it is through Peter’s obedience to “fish” that a “full net” is caught. This would have never happened, but did because of Peter’s obedience to go to the “pond” where the “fish” were.
Are we going to the “pond?”
Dear Father, Jesus told us that He would make us fishers of men if we followed Him. Lord if we are following then please help us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and “fish” for men. May it be so!