Saul could not have been further from Jesus – a Pharisees who persecuted the church. He had just received his marching orders to kill both men and women of “The Way.”
While Saul is basking in this latest victory, God in a Sovereign act, stops him in his tracks, reveals himself to him, and Saul, now Paul, is forever change.
I am praying for a loved one who is opposed to “The Way”. The story of Saul gives me hope. If Saul can be so diametrically opposed to Jesus and the church, yet God in a divine moment touched his heart, saved his soul, can He not do the same for the one I love?
I’ve been listening to a song by Cory Asbury, “Reckless Love.” The lyrics are:
“There is no shadow you won’t light up,
Mountain you won’t climb up coming after me.
No wall you won’t kick down,
Lie you won’t tear down coming after me.
Oh the reckless love of God
Chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.”
This what He did for Saul. This is what He did for me. Now my prayer is “Do it for the one I love. Light up His darkness, kick down his walls of resistance, tear down the lies he is believing, chase him down, fight for him, leave the 99. Father, demonstrate your love, your sovereignty, your majesty. Father, save the one you love.”
“He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.””
Acts 9:4-6 NIV