Finding Your Creative Bones® 365-Day Devotional © 2023
We should learn how to live like Saul following his miraculous transformation.
The incredible conversion of Saul is a fantastic story worth retelling over and over. Saul, who persecuted and hated anyone who worshipped the Lord and Jesus, was struck by the majesty of Jesus while on his way to persecute believers. He was evil and mean before being chosen to bring others to the Lord. His conversion was powerful in convincing others that the Messiah had come. How else would someone so evil come to be so believable and persuade others of the reality of Christ? So many were brought to Jesus that the Jews began to try to kill him.
It could not have been easy to speak for the Lord and the Messiah at a time when so many did not want to believe. Yet, this parallels today. How many choose what they call a different and easier path away from God? Sadly, even one is too many; God has tremendous sorrow for the loss of any lamb, and there are still too many missing from his flock. He loves us so much. Over and over, it is shown in scripture that the Lord loves us to the extent of accepting pain himself to save us. Jesus bore unbearable pain for us with the understanding that true and authentic love will take anything and sacrifice to stand true to those they love. Is there anything in your life where you, too, need to accept some sacrifice to become more like Saul?
Father, what do I need to learn from Saul's miraculous transformation? Where do I need to grow, expand, and exhibit courage for you? Please guide me in understanding what I need to do and when. I don't feel courageous, but I need to be. I must take the necessary actions to continue bringing your lambs home before night falls, and it is too late. Please help me lead those you can save to you. Use me as one of your shepherds to touch others with your love. Strengthen my resolve to continue forward no matter the fear I feel. For with you, fear is only an emotional response, never a reality. With you, all things are possible. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen
a tangle originated by Marizaan van Beek, CZT
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