Today’s Reading: Acts 9:1-25 (additional reading: Psalm 131:1-3 & Proverbs 17:4-5)
Saul was busted by the Lord for heading down the wrong road. He had been fighting against God’s will, just like his teacher Gamaliel had warned against in Acts 5:38-39: Leave these men alone. If [this] is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” Well, Saul did not listen very well, and on his way to Damascus found that he had indeed been fighting against the Lord.
Saul thought he was doing something great for God, but Jesus brought him up short and gave him a reality check. Not only had he not been helping the God of Israel, but he had been persecuting His Messiah, Jesus.
It is interesting how Jesus phrases His words to Saul. He asked him, “Why are you persecuting Me?” This may sound kind of strange unless you look back to what Jesus said in Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Jesus linked the treatment of even the lowest of His brothers with personal treatment of Himself.
Do you remember when you were busted by the Lord? He does it in a lot of different ways for different people. Some are overcome by the guilt of their sinful lifestyle and they call on the Lord, asking Him to save them from the destruction they are heading towards. Some have to smash into a brick wall in life before they see the light and call on the Lord for help. hen, they realize that doing things their own way doesn’t work too well. All I know is that God only accepts those with a humble heart. If it takes several hard knocks in life to produce humility, then let the hard knocks begin.
Saul saw the light and was busted for fighting against Jesus and resisting His grace. The Bible tells us that we all have sinned and have fallen short of the standard that would enable us to live in God’s presence. If we as sinful people were to stand in the presence of a holy God, His glory would consume us. We would not be able to approach Him because the power of His holiness would destroy us.
Just as Saul was found guilty of the Lord’s death, there is a sense in which we all share in that guilt. It is our sin that put Him on a Roman cross. He would have gone to the cross even if you were the only one who needed His forgiveness. However, we all have sinned and we all need forgiveness. Most of us will never be blinded by a light from heaven and have a face-to-face encounter with Jesus in this lifetime like Paul did. However, if He has not already done so, Jesus wants to arrest you by His love. He wants to get a hold of your life and make something wonderful out of it.