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Day 42 – Issue 38

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Be Still Know

Acts 9.3 NLT

‘As Saul was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.’

Saul was a deeply committed Jew and his mission was to destroy the church. He was acting with the authority of the High Priest in Jerusalem and his task was to search out any followers of Jesus and take them as prisoners. But suddenly everything changed as he travelled on the road to Damascus. A brilliant light flashed around him and he heard a voice asking, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Saul knew the Scriptures well enough to know that this must be God and he asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply was not the one he wanted to hear. He was sure that there was nothing in this new-fangled Jesus religion. How shocked he must have been to hear the voice saying, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

We know the rest. We know that this moment changed everything. Saul’s life was turned upside down and inside out. He would never be the same again and neither would the church. But let’s spend a moment longer thinking about this Damascus Road experience. I have heard many people saying how they regret that they haven’t had an experience like that. It seems to me that experiences of this kind are extremely rare. Perhaps God confronted Saul in this way because he knew that that was the only way in which he would get through to him. For most of us the process is completely undramatic. God comes to us amidst the ordinary everyday rhythm of life. He speaks to us as we have a country walk, or in a sermon, or as we read the Bible, or as we speak with a friend. There is nothing at all dramatic about it but God meets with us and, however it happens, that is the most amazing miracle.

QUESTION: How have you met with God?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you that you meet with us in all sorts of ways, and that you want to walk with us today. Amen

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