When He Came To His Senses
Acts 12:11 “Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.”
(12:12) When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.”
Luke 15:17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!”
When Peter came to himself, who was he before that? When it dawned on him, means he was in darkness unknown to himself! When he came to his senses, whose senses was he using prior to that?
Peter was rescued from prison by God. Throughout the rescue he thought it’s a dream, he still believed that he was in prison but dreaming of rescue. But when he accepted and recognized that he had been saved by God from prison, the Bible notes that he became conscious. He came to himself, it dawned on him. The writer of both books of Acts and Luke is a physician. He understood unconsciousness and consciousness. He reports that failure to appreciate what God is currently doing in your life is unconsciousness. You are in darkness, you are not normal as created by God. We hope we shall wake up and come to our senses!
The prodigal son seems to have known everything he was doing from demanding inheritance from the Father, to the squandering of the same in licentious living. But the book of Luke notes the turning point in his life as a point where he came to his senses. All along when we and him thought it was rational and well thought-out ideas, it wasnt! He was out of his senses!
We too could be out of our senses! God is busy unfolding a salvation plan in our lives but we believe that He hasn’t answered our prayer and He is doing nothing about our life’s problems. That feeling and belief that God is doing nothing is engineered by Satan to blind us from God’s actions in our lives and make us resent God. May we come out of that darkness and may it dawn on us that God is already saving us from prison and it’s not a dream or false hope.
You are praying and nothing is happening? Really nothing? Even the peace of mind after praying is nothing? Is it a dream or reality that though in trouble you are still holding on, you haven’t been destroyed? Who has so far sustained you in that situation? The courage to bear isn’t from God? The new ideas and opportunities to move on aren’t from God? May it dawn on us that God is acting to save us whether we see it or not. May we too come to our senses, see God’s actions in our favor, and start praising God for what He has done and is doing!
Like the prodigal son, we seem to be operating rationally out of our father’s wish and will. All seems well, but we are not sober, we are blinded by short-lived fun and excitement. Reality is we need father, we need God. We are in need of confession, repentance and reformation. We need to be woken up from our stupor of comfort to realize we are getting into trouble unknown to us, so that we can turn back early. We too need to come to our senses or we will perish thinking we are ok!
First meaning of coming to our senses. When you realize that unknown to you, God was already working out to save you from a situation. When you discover later that actually it’s not a figment of the imagination, you have actually been saved. Whatever the situation in our life, God has already rolled out a salvation plan, it’s us who haven’t come to our senses to appreciate it. May we come to our senses soon!
Second meaning of coming to our senses. This is when you discover and acknowledge that you have been living wrong and offending God. When you discover that offending God won’t take you very far, and in fact it is the source of your present troubles. When you rightly conclude that confession and repentance and restoring your relationship with God will change your life and bring blessings. We cannot offend God and be happy and progress. We must realize this truth, come to our senses and restore our relationship with God. We need to come to our senses!
May we come to our senses today and experience the peace and joy that even though unseen to us or in small ways, God is saving us from our predicaments. May we come to our senses today and confess, repent and start experiencing the blessings of a better relationship with God. May we come to our senses, in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)