3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. ACTS 9:3-9
This is an incredible story that most of us know, but I want to take a few moments to take a look at it and pull out just a couple things.
In verse 3 Saul had no idea what was about to happen to him. God knows us, He has purpose for our lives, even if WE DO NOT SEE IT. The last thing on Saul’s mind was God in fact he was on the road to stop Philip from preaching about Jesus. God did what He had to do to get Saul’s attention. Can you even imagine a “flash of light” around you and then hear a voice speaking to you (after you hit the ground)?
The men with Saul heard the voice but did not see anyone!! What a scene that must have been. Saul knew who it was in fact he asked “Who are you Lord?” They had a conversation, well a one sided conversation!
Here is the main thing I want to pull out…
“And he was three days with out sight, and neither ate nor drank”
What took place during those three days? We don’t really know except this — his life was radically transformed!!! God will go to great lengths to reach you and I, do whatever it takes, but Saul still had a choice, he could have walked away, he could have refused to listen, he could have pretended to be involved and then lived his life as he chose. But he didn’t… why? I am convinced that if we actually get a glimpse of Jesus, just ONE SECOND it will change our lives forever!!!
My word for today….. IF you are struggling with your faith, your commitment, if you need to SEE HIS FACE get alone with him do what ever it takes to connect. Be blind to what is going on around you, turn off all MEDIA, turn off TV, and turn off people and the last thing is FAST!!! Not a partial fast but a full blown fast. And my friends this is possible of anyone to do…. married, children, job whatever there is a WAY if you want it bad enough. Saul fasted and turned off for 3 days and he emerged as Paul. Paul one of the greatest hero’s of the faith, wrote most of the NT and still 2,000 years later his words hold incredible power!!!
I want to recommend a book to you to read. “FASTING” by Jentezen Franklin — this book changed my life. A great read. Time is short, our family is a stake, things in the world are changing fast and prophecy is unfolding right before our eyes!!! Are you ready?
Now go out and have an EPIC day today.