Adversity comes into our lives for God-given reasons. Some are little trials to test our faith, and some so amazingly hard that we can hardly stand it. Yet, God is in control. But at times, it doesn’t feel like it. Think of 9/11. How can anyone even imagine planning something like that? Was God not in control?
Saul’s terror was one of those unimaginable events. As a political leader of that day, his whole being centered on terrifying, torturing and murdering Christians. God allowed him to do his wickedness for a time and for His purpose, but then enough was enough. As Saul was pursuing the high priest’s permission to travel to Damascus and to drag believers back to Jerusalem for persecution, God had completely different plans.
When one instantly loses their eyesight, they are struck with profound loss and disorientation. Simple tasks are impossible, and they are completely dependent upon other’s good graces. The blinding light of God’s glory blinded Saul for three days and all he could do was to look inside his own life and meditate on the words of Jesus Christ Whom he persecuted. His future depended on what Jesus would do with him in the following days. The beauty in all of this is the true repentance Saul responded with during his encounter with Jesus along with the drastic change in his life.
True repentance is an amazing thing to watch in someone’s life and it is a blessing to experience in one’s own life. God created us to be in a right relationship with Him. Even the foulest of humanity is not beyond God’s amazing saving grace. Are you responding with “Lord, what will Thou have me to do?”
Written by Kaye Dee Richards. Kaye Dee lives with her husband Colin in Morrison, CO. They have 4 children, Joshua, Amelia, Victoria, and Julia.
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