The second time

The second time

Acts 11:9
“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’

Growing up I remember (even now,) the sentence ‘For the second time of asking …!’
I hadn’t heard it the first time. Well, I had, I just wasn’t responding the way I should have done.
Another sentence I remember is, ‘I’m not going to say it again ….(but then they continued to repeat what it was they were not going to say again)’. Such confusion!

Sometimes we don’t hear it correctly. We hear it but we don’t take it in. We hear a message, an instruction perhaps, maybe a command. But it’s strange, it is not what we thought we would hear, it’s contrary to our belief of what we think God wants. It can seem like an attack, an assault from our enemy instead of a divine call from heaven.
We hesitate, we pull back, we deny, doubt and rule it out. NO is our response. That can’t be the message. We must have heard it wrong. So we take no action. There is a pause in our life. That pause can last.
What we hold to and deny 20 years ago may not be true of us today. Things change. We change. God knows that. So the voice comes again. He knocks on the door of our heart again.

Abraham had to hear the heavenly voice a second time.
Elijah was told the second time to get up and eat.
Jeremiah received the word of the Lord a second time, so did Jonah and Haggai.
Christ appeared once and He will appear a second time.
The second time. A second chance. Another opportunity that we might understand.
Thank God for the grace of the second time. Thank God He doesn’t give up on us when we don’t get it the first time round. Thank God for His patience.
We have all benefited from the second time voice.

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