“he woke him up, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’ . . . And the angel said to him, ‘Gird yourself and put on your sandals.’ . . .” Acts 12:7-8
Great breakthroughs always happen when hope is almost dead. When all options are gone, when the doors of opportunity have closed on us fast and hard. When our best attempts to rescue ourselves have failed. Thankfully, there’s still a way out.
For Peter, the hour of the dungeon had come. He had played his part, he had been an eyewitness to the life of Jesus, he had preached and ministered to many. Now it seemed to be over. But God wasn’t finished with Peter.
Peter needed the angel for rescue, but more importantly, the angel needed Peter to continue to rescue others. The ministry of God had given the harvest of believers, now the ministry of man must bring it home.
You may be in your own dungeon of despair. God always watches over His people, He doesn’t leave us without an exit strategy. God gives Peter steps to get out of the dungeon, they are our steps too.
On the eve of his trial and death, Peter was asleep. Suddenly a light illuminates the cell. The angel struck Peter on the side. Peter, once again, had to be awakened to the work of God. So do we. Your season is not finished, God still has something to do through you.
Quickly! Meaning the time of passivity is over. It’s time to come to your senses, get your life in motion by obeying what God is asking of you. We must rise up, come alive to the danger, and the opportunity of the moment.
Peter put his belt around his waist so his flowing robe would not hinder his stride. Rid yourself of anything that is holding you back from your calling.
Peter’s sandals were by the cell door, he put them on and followed the angel through struggle and storm to freedom. Prepare yourself to carry out the full share of your calling.
Pray through the four steps, ask God to deliver you from your dungeon.