Tuesday, June 19, 2007

"About noon, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.' "Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?' "'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 'Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'" -- Acts 26:13-18 (NIV)

I have always wondered how many times God had to goad Saul before he capitulated. I also wonder how many more of us God calls in similarly dramatic ways -- the miraculous healing of a family member, the rescue of a marriage, the voice of God heard through others -- and who ignore his beckoning.

1 comment:

Belinda said...

I love this passage from Acts. It was one of the accounts that helped me keep my faith at a time when I was discouraged and cynical.

It was a happy surprise to find a new post on H & H!