In a shaky voice, Cornelius asked, “What is it, Lord?” The angel said, “Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” When people seek God, He guides them.
“But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
The angel further shocked Cornelius by telling him in verse 5 to send a messenger to “Joppa” to a man named “Simon whose surname was Peter.” He was shocked because Romans had no personal dealings with Jews.
The angel even gives Cornelius a specific address in verse 6. Peter could be found at the home of “Simon the tanner whose house is by the sea.” Putting aside any embarrassment at what his servants or family might think, Cornelius sent “two of his household servants.” He also sent “a devout soldier” to find Peter in “Joppa” about 30 miles away.
At the end of this chapter, we will see what happens as a result of Cornelius obeying the instructions given to him by the angel of the Lord. I’ve often wondered, after reading this story, if I would have such faith. As God speaks to me through His Word, do I ever step out by faith, in spite of what my family or friends think?
This is a convicting story in that Cornelius simply obeyed the Lord.