17 While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. 18 They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there.
19 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
21 Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why have you come?”
22 The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests. Acts 10:17-23
The direction the Lord gave Peter was as clear as it could be: go with these men. If only our direction in life could be so crystal clear! Often we want God to tell us what to do and when to do it. God has given us general guidelines for Godly living, and it’s up to us to make wise choices after we give the matter over to Him.
When I went to Bible school, many debated the axiom, “Love God and do what you want.” I believe it was attributed to Francis of Assisi. The idea is that if you are loving God and are obedient to Him, you have a world of choices before you. Some people get that generic kind of guidance from God; others get guidance more like Peter received.
The key to both types of guidance is obedience in doing what you believe God is calling you to do.