READ: Acts 9:1-19 (esp., v3-9)
- Saul and his entourage experienced an encounter with God. He was blinded by a light, he was spoken to by God, and given instructions concerning what was next. While Saul conversed with God, his traveling companions only heard a voice. They didn’t see anyone, but clearly knew that something unusual had happened. This is one of those events where there is no doubt that God showed up and something happened.
- That, of course, is what should happen when we encounter God. Something should happen. We should be awed, potentially dumbstruck. Certainly, we should be brought face to face with our own unworthiness to be in His presence; yet we are filled with gratitude that we are, in fact, in His presence. It just goes to show God can be in the presence of sin and sinfulness.
- Maybe what is most unusual about this conversion experience is not the voice, the blindness, not even the event itself. What is most unusual is that Saul is still not converted. He’s told to go, wait and listen. In other words, God is not yet done. Saul must wait for God to continue. And neither the waiting nor any subsequent actions make it less grace. So long as what we are doing is obeying the voice of the Lord, it isn’t work; it’s obedient submission.
- Why do you suppose God didn’t just convert Saul on the spot?
- How can actions be involved and it still not be a works mentality?
- What has God been telling you to do lately?
PRAY: Thank God that He is patient with the most resistant among us. Pray that we can develop the ability to wait while people process their relationship with God. Ask God to keep calling you in whatever fashion He needs to.