Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Acts 9:3 "Suddenly...Strength from the LORD" (June 27)
Paul looked into the face of Stephen as he drew his last breath and lay lifeless at Saul's feet. What was Saul thinking about? Any truth to what this Stephen guy just died for? Any truth in my life to what is dying around me? Saul is still breathing threats and murder WHEN suddenly, "a light from heaven shone around him." Acts 9:3 "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" And the answer always gets me: "Who are you, Lord?" LORD??? Saul must have been thinking about God when Stephen was stoned, when followers were bound. Now, Saul really is thinking about God---3 days of silence, blindness, and no refreshment from food or drink. Saul was praying to our God for the first time in his life. And God sent a frightened Ananias to restore Saul's sight and deeply encourage him and strengthen Saul. What a turn of events. What hope in the midst of a no-win situation. I'm sure the Freedmen could not believe their eyes or ears. I am in such a no-win life situation but I am pensively aware that my God has won this Battle. I hurt. I struggle. I wrestle. I wonder. I trust. I depend. No solutions, just a Savior Who shows up like on that road to Damascus and saves me from myself. Suddenly, He shows up to turn a curved-in life right-side up and strengthen like never before.