Peter is preaching and the sermon “cuts to the heart of the people.” They feel convicted. They ask, “What should our response be to a resurrected God?” The answer for us is the same that Peter gave that day. Know that you are a beloved child of the God who calls for you to turn back when you have wandered astray. You can not go so far off the path of righteousness that God can’t forgive you, heal you, and make you whole.
In this passage, we find an invitation to believe that this Good News is for you and an invitation to allow God to work on your heart. How beautiful is that? No matter where we find ourselves, no matter what shame we feel, no matter how lost we think we are, God is right next to us.
Today, offer a prayer of repentance for all that takes you off-course from God’s will and find assurance in Peter’s words: “For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him (vs. 39).”