Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Jeannette Sebesta.

“Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” Acts 9:1-6

There are several times throughout the Bible where the Lord had appeared to someone and asked them to do something they were not sure they could do.  God said to Moses at the burning bush to go and tell his people “the Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God Jacob has sent me to you…” This was before the great exodus out of Egypt. Even back in Genesis, Abraham is told to take his son, Isaac, up into the mountains to be a burnt offering.

Each time after the encounter with God, they do what He has asked them to do and helps each of them with how to tell the people what to expect and then do. Saul was converted after just such an experience with God. Before his conversion, Saul was threatening and even killing the disciples of the Lord. As Saul and several men were going to Damascus, a light from heaven flashed around him and he became blind. His friends had to lead him to Damascus where for three days he was blind and did not eat or drink anything. Ananias, a disciple, was then also called by God in a vision to go to Saul. He did as he was told and when he placed his hands on Saul, scales fell from his eyes. Y

ou never know when God might call you. You just have to be ready and accept that God will help you with whatever that might be.

Let us pray: Dear heavenly Father, help us to be ready for whatever you need us to do and grant us the wisdom to respond where and when needed. Amen.


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