In His Praise — January 19, 2020

Of all the people spoken of in the Bible, there is probably no one that was a bigger enemy of God ( besides Satan) than Saul of Tarsus. The Bible tells us some about this man; he was well educated, he was determined and he had a zeal for what he thought he was called to do.

Saul thought his calling was to eliminate as many Christians as possible, and he was determined to do just that. We are told in Acts 9 that Saul was traveling to the town of Damascus with the sole purpose of arresting any Christians (men and women) he found there and putting them in prison. He had a notorious reputation and people feared him.

But Saul’s zeal and reputation were no match for God!  God had other plans for him. While traveling to Damascus, Saul was stopped in his tracks; Saul had an encounter with Jesus. A bright light surrounded him and he was struck blind. He heard a voice coming from heaven calling his name and questioning his actions. It was Jesus talking directly to him! Saul remained blind for three days, but God restored his sight and later changed his name to Paul, and Paul became a great missionary and witness for the Lord. He was a changed man! You can read about the conversion of Saul in Acts 9 and other stories about his work throughout the New Testament.

The good news of this story is, first of all, a lost sinner was saved and second, God is more powerful than any hold the world may have on us. Jesus is still calling us today to give our lives to Him and follow the plan He has for us. We like Saul, can get our directions mixed up and follow the wrong path, but Jesus is ready to set us on the right path and He’s always ready to intervene when we let Him. He’s only a prayer away.

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