I just got into the office after morning Bible study at church. Acts 9-12 struck me with a couple of profound truths.
No matter where we have been or what we have done, God has a plan for us. He wants to redeem us, call us and use us for His Kingdom purpose. Read Acts 9:1-31.
Don't be surprised when God interrupts your journey. While we are walking along our own path, He shines a light from heaven, speaks to us in an unmistakable voice and calls us to be different.
God will go to any length to get us off the wrong path and onto the right one. He struck Paul blind. He had to be led around by others. He also couldn't see the future to know that his sight would be restored in three days. Sometimes God uses a major event to stop us in our tracks.
God is always at work in more than one place. In Acts 10:1-48, and Acts 9:8-19, we see God at work in multiple locations. While Paul was sitting in Damascus, blinded, God was talking to Ananias about healing a blind man that would come to him. While Peter ponders his vision of the sheet of unclean animals he is to kill and eat, Cornelius, a Gentile, has a vision about Peter coming to his house to share the truth of Jesus. Sometimes when we don't understand what God is doing or allowing, He is at work elsewhere preparing other puzzle pieces. Just like Ananias and Paul, and Cornelius and Peter, once the pieces are all assembled, we can stand in awe of God's masterpiece.
Many times, God asks us to do something we think is impossible. Imagine Ananias' fear when God told him to heal the church-hating, Christian-persecuting Paul. Ananias knew that Paul was on his way to Damascus to arrest and imprison the Christians. Imagine Peter's trepidation when God asked him to go into a home he had been taught all his life to avoid just to share Christ. God often asks us to do things outside of our comfort zone.
As you journey through this day, don't be surprised if God interrupts. Don't be surprised if He decides to turn your worst day into your best day. Don't be surprised when He uses the darkest days of your life to shine the brightest light into the lives of others.
Hope you enjoy this song by Babbie Mason.
About the author:
Teri is passionate about teaching, writing, and ministering to fellow sojourners. She spends her days working in ministry and her evenings and weekends being wife and mom.