Basic combat training in the Army lasts for ten weeks. This process is designed to turn civilians into soldiers. This training involves marching, shooting and survival skills to prepare new recruits for life in the Army. This military camp serves as a weeding out process to expose the out of shape, weak and unfit Ultimately, a drill sergeants goal is to get soldiers ready for whatever may happen on the battle field.
The very night before Herod was to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries were in front of the door guarding the prison. 7 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared [beside him] and a light shone in the cell. The angel struck Peter’s side and awakened him, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off his hands, Acts 12:6-7.
The Bible can be used in a similar fashion as a training manual for Christians who want to become spiritually fit. The book of Acts records the history of the first century church as well as sharing valuable life lessons. During an encounter with an angel, Peter is not sure what to think. Initially, Peter is sleeping when an angel being wakes him up in the middle of the night. Like anyone who is a deep sleeper, this experience didn’t seem real, more like a vision. However, the more this angel spoke, Peter realized he wasn’t dreaming.
The angel said to him, “Prepare yourself and strap on your sandals [to get ready for whatever may happen].” And he did so. Then the angel told him, “Put on your robe and follow me.” 9 And Peter went out following the angel. He did not realize that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they had passed the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city. Of its own accord it swung open for them; and they went out and went along one street, and at once the angel left him, Acts 12:8-10.
Apparently, the words “get ready for whatever may happen” got Peter’s attention. As if reliving a scene from a movie, Peter can’t believe what is happening. Like a ghost, this angel and Peter sneak past all the guards in a high security prison. Following each step made by this angel, before long Peter finds himself outside the jail on a city street. If there is anything you can learn from this angel story, it is trusting God means becoming ready for whatever may happen in life.
by Jay Mankus