Acts of the Apostles, God's Will, Trust

Turned Around

Acts 9:4,5 – And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

Jesus’ followers were absolutely terrified of Saul which is why they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria; all except the apostles. So, having terrorised Jerusalem, Saul decided he should go next to Damascus to root out those belonging to the Way. With letters from the high priest in hand, he headed off and he almost made it to the city before he was stopped in his tracks. Saul may have had plans for Jesus’ disciples but God had bigger plans for him.

The ironic thing is, Saul was a devout Jew, educated in the laws of God by Gamaliel and he believed he was defending God against blasphemy. Unfortunately, like most Jewish leaders, Saul remained blind to the truth of the Messiah. His zealous nature had driven him completely off course and he had become a man breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. God called time on Saul’s waywardness and decided he would begin his transformation by experiencing real blindness, so, although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. After 3 days, the Lord returned his sight physically and spiritually through a man named Ananias; a man who feared Saul but who trusted God.

Many have wandered off and taken the broad road and some have chosen it from the very start. Not everyone on that particular road are bad people (as defined by society) but they are all going the wrong direction. Maybe you know someone who loved the Lord at one point but are now completely turned about. God never stops seeking the lost and no-one is beyond his salvation.

If God is leading you to someone of whom you are a bit unsure, trust his judgement and believe in his power to turn lives around.

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