The hurt from God
“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”
Did you see that?
Peter had been released from prison before by God, maybe that experience in the past enabled him to sleep peacefully that night, knowing that if he was going to escape death it would be God who would do it again.
But Peter wasn’t staying awake waiting for God to come, he was asleep. He was at peace whatever happened. He was so asleep the Angel had to hit him.
Sometimes God has to hurt us in order to free us.
We often interpret the hurt as from the enemy. But maybe that recent striking was of God. Maybe He is waking you up. Maybe the disappointment and perhaps the embarrassment you felt was a wake up call. No one likes the alarm clock to go off like that. We resist it, we press the snooze button, we say I will get up later, I will change my position but not now.
Don’t carry on as if nothing has happened. I struck you for a reason.
This is not the time to pray, but to move.
Use the hurt. This is your moment.
Has God been trying to waken you?