While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.
The Holy Spirit spoke to Peter. This wasn’t the first time. In verses 13-15 Peter has a conversation with a ‘voice’ that he refers to as Lord. The instruction there was to ‘Get up, kill and eat.’ Peter refused and the lesson that was delivered was: “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
The Spirit knew Peter and his struggles. He also knew what He wanted to accomplish through Peter. The Holy Spirit has no problem orchestrating events and visions to accomplish His work. He had already met with Cornelius and told him to send for Peter. Here was the moment. This was the day.
The Gentiles were soon to be recognized as recipients of God’s grace. The Spirit was accomplishing His mission.
It’s interesting that the Holy Spirit is saying multiple times “Get up and go.” This is the nature of God. He is moving! He is in motion and His mission is being accomplished. His Word for us is ‘get going.’
So when I have the choice to move or remain stagnant, the Spirit says ‘go!’ When the decision is to stay seated or get up, the Spirit says ‘get up!’ Surely it’s the enemy who would like me to remain seated. God moves! His Kingdom advances and the Holy Spirit urges me to ‘go!’
Lord, I will move. Forgive my inaction and hesitation. You told Peter not to hesitate… to get up and go. This is Your default. You have a bias for action. I will follow You today… and you are moving! And I trust that You will direct me while in motion. A parked car is impossible to steer… so I will get in gear for Your glory.